The magnificent Durdle Door arch is one of Dorset's greatest landmarks. Spend a day exploring the shingled beach that surrounds Durdle Door whilst taking in the spectacular views of Man O’War Cove and the Jurassic coastline! 

The shingled beach that lies at the foot of Durdle Door can be easily accessed via a footpath and steps over the hill from Lulworth Cove (2 miles) or down from the car park of Durdle Door Holiday Park. When heading down the steep hill to Durdle Door you will notice the spectacular Man O’War Cove to your left. As you approach the steps leading down to the beach you will be presented with a terrific view of Durdle Door and the Jurassic Coast (pictured). To walk from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door (recommended), you can access the South West Coastal Path near to the Heritage Centre in West Lulworth (http://www.lulworth.com/jurassic-coast/heritage-centre/). Before heading along the coastal trail, make sure you explore the small village of West Lulworth and Lulworth Cove. Note: Durdle Door is very popular during the summer months and on weekends so if you want solitude, try to visit during the week or early in the morning on weekends.      

Pack List

  • Picnic
  • Camera
  • Wellies (during the winter and sometimes summer)
  • Water
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RT Distance 4 Miles
Elevation Gain 150 Feet
Activities Chillin, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area
Scenic

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Been multiple times, never gets boring.

I've spent so many days at Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, etc. It's an amazing place. This whole stretch of the Jurassic Coast is jammed with awesome sights with a few miles of each other. If you're at Durdle Door, don't forget Lulworth Cove, Man Of War Bay, Bats head Cliff and Stair Hole to name a few. My tip is to also go in the off season. The sun and summer brings in droves of crowds, and although it's still really nice, it can get so crowded. I like to visit early for sunrise or late for sunset in the Winter, especially when there is a storm coming in and you can watch the waves smash into the shore.


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