Visiting Durdle Door is a bucket list trip for anyone living in or visiting England. The iconic landmark is a stand out feature of the UK coastline.
Situated in the south of England, close to the city of Weymouth in Dorset. Durdle door attracts visitors mostly in the summer months due to its surrounding crystal blue waters that not only highlight the outstanding natural rock formation but offer a perfect opportunity for a dip!
Unfortunately due to its popularity, there can be some pitfalls. Visiting Durdle Door can be expensive with most hotels and campsites charging premium prices for being within walking distance of the site. Also during the peak months of summer, the crowds can be extremely large.
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Where to stay
Although most places close by can be fairly deer, if you don’t mind spending a night or two in a tent and have access to a car, you can find a few campsites that won’t break the bank. We stayed at Osmington Hill Farm campsite a short drive from both Durdle Door and Weymouth.
There are however many more glamorous options available including Limestone Hotel and Rafters holiday home which are also perfectly located within walking distance from the coast.
Another fantastic option is to stay in or around Lulworth Cove. This is a great place to start your journey regardless of where you are staying, with a well-trodden walking path that takes you along the Jurassic coast all the way to Durdle Door.
How to get to Durdle Door
If you are visiting Durdle Door for the day we recommend starting at Lulworth Cove. But only if you are fit and able – the walk from this starting point can be challenging but is definitely worth the effort.
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If you are driving here take the B3071 and follow signs for Lulworth Cove, where you will find a large car park with an overspill.
Lulworth Cove is a beautiful spot in its own right, yet many people just head straight for the coastal path to Durdle Door. We recommend spending some time checking out this picturesque cove and maybe grabbing a bite to eat at the little cafe on the waterfront before you head off on the walk.
The start of the walk is located close to the car park and will be signposted. But you should be able to see the large stone steps that have been put in place to help you scale the steep hill to the top of the cliffs. From here just follow the path along the coast until you reach Durdle Door – you won’t miss it.
Things to watch out for
As with many sites of natural beauty in the UK, there will be inevitably lots of other tourists that flock to the site. To avoid these large crowds (especially during this period of social distancing) we would not recommend visiting during peak times). Visiting during the very end of the camping season, for example, or when all the kids are back in school will drastically reduce crowd sizes and keep you and others safe.
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