No trip to Dorset is complete without a visit to Durdle Door. The impressive limestone arch is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an iconic feature on the Jurassic Coast. The arch was formed over thousands of years a result of sea erosion, following heavy rain and treacherous storms.
Durdle Door is one of the most photographed locations in the UK, which is not surprising given the incredible scenery and far reaching views on offer. On a clear day you can see right along the coast towards Portland, a real sight to behold.
Visitors often comment on the water clarity and the beautiful aqua marine colour of the sea. It’s an idyllic spot for swimming or kayaking. Caution should be exercised when entering the water as there is no lifeguard service and the water is deceivingly deep.
The beach is accessed via a steep set of steps, which have been built into the cliff face. Despite the trek required to access the shingle, Durdle Door is one of the most popular beauty spots in the country and can get incredibly busy, especially during the school holidays. If you want to experience it without the masses, we highly recommend arriving early. It’s an incredible spot to watch the sun rise and if you time it right, you will see the sun peep through the door.
Towards the end of the beach a number of caves have formed. To the east of Durdle Door lies Man o’War, which should not be missed during your visit. This often-quieter beach is the perfect spot to sunbathe and spend a lazy day at the beach.
Both beaches are dog friendly year round.
Durdle Door is located on the privately-owned Lulworth Estate and accessible via Durdle Door Holiday Park or Lulworth Cove. There are car parks at both destinations and car parking tickets can be used interchangeably between the two.
From the clifftop car park, which is accessed via the holiday park there is steep walk down to the beach along a gravel pathway, which can be loose underfoot. If you choose to walk from Lulworth Cove there is a steep hill to contend with and the mile route takes between 20 minutes and half an hour, depending on your fitness levels.
If you don’t fancy making the trek down to the beach or have mobility issues that make the walk difficult, why not try a different mode of transport. From Weymouth there are sightseeing boat trips to Durdle and Lulworth Cove, which allow you to marvel at these impressive sites from the sea.
During the summer there is often a kiosk on the path leading to the beach which serves drinks and ice creams to quench your thirst on the challenging walk back to the car.
Follow signs to Wareham and then pick up signs for Lulworth
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We booked for two nights in our Motorhome and ended up staying six nights. Staff very friendly and accommodating. Shower blocks were kept clean and water was lovely and hot. Bus stop directly outside site going to Poole and Swanage on the he number 40 bus route. Worth getting a return ticket to save money Mo, Oct 2021
We had a simply fabulous time at South Lytchett Manor last month. We were not sure about camping in October but the site is well insulated, the playground kept our kids well entertained and the facilities were super clean and comfortable. We loved having a shop onsite and there are water taps and electricity points in abundance.. we have stayed at a number of sites and couldn’t recommend this Beth, Nov 2020
Great campsite, really friendly and polite staff. Very clean facilities and felt ‘safe’ with all the hand sanitizer and clear signage, highly recommend - we’ll probably book one of the huts next time.... Richard , Oct 2020
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