Of All the Places to Visit in Dorset, Durdle Door has to Be the Best
Great Britain has some fantastic natural wonders to see. From the white, chalky cliffs in Dover all the way over to the Giant’s Causeway, Cheddar Gorge and the huge Scottish Lochs there are a variety of amazing things to see in the British Isles. Visitng Durdle Door in Dorset is an extra special destination for those looking for magical accomplishments of nature.
The Jurassic Coast in England is just one spectacular creation of nature that if you come to Dorset you simply have to visit and take a good look at.
Located in the gorgeous county of Dorset, near Lulworth and between Swanage and Weymouth, Durdle Door is one of these creations that is visited by countless tourists from all over the World every single year.
Durdle Door History
This Limestone Arch by the sea has had this famous name for about a thousand years.
Durdle Door lies on the famous Jurassic Coast, which was given it’s name for the wealth of natural history, fossils, geology and knowledge we can gather from the coastline about the ancient history of our planet.
Because this and the beauty in the surrounding area, it is not only a large tourist attraction, but also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Durdle Door itself is part of a big estate of land, in the region of twelve thousand acres, which is maintained by the owners, the Welds. The area is open to the public and even has a holiday park onsite for people to enjoy vacations and short breaks here during the summer.
Because of this it has become one of the most visited, and photographed parts of the area on all of the Jurassic Coast.
Durdle Door Arch and the beautiful beach
Tips for Visiting Durdle Door
I have visited this superb location before and want to share a few hints and tips to make sure you have a smooth, enjoyable time whilst here.
Wear Good Footwear.
Depending on which way you come, there will either be a short walk or quite a steep hill to walk down to reach the beautiful archway.
There are paths that have been crafted by the landowners, but because we are near the sea they are sandy, gravely and often can be tricky underfoot if you aren’t wearing something with decent grip. A good pair of trainers, or even some decent quality hiking boots are recommended to help you walk down the tracks with ease.
The Weather is Changeable.
It is the United Kingdom after all. Even in this section of it on average you see up to and beyond 120 days of rain per year. The one thing to remember is that the weather can shift in an instant here.
It is also quite windy usually, being right by the sea plays a big factor in this. Bring a light rain coat or jacket during the summer, something easy to carry just to ensure you don’t get caught in a down pour.
Average temperatures are usually 20-23C (73F) in the summer months so you won’t need a winter coat, but something light to shield you from the wind and rain is ideal.
Bring Plenty of Coins
If you plan on driving and parking in the car park next to the site, make sure you have a wealth of change available! The car parking operates on a pay and display basis, and uses old fashioned meter machines to distribute parking passes.
You are going to need at least £5 of coinage, but bring more. Why? From personal experience there are so many fake £1 coins around that the change machine simply won’t not accept some of your coins. If you are lucky there is a parking attendant around who can kindly swap some coins with you but it is always best to be prepared for this situation.
Paying by card or note is not an option. At peak times of year you often see cars parked at the side of the main road leading up to the site. If you are willing to take the risk this is free of charge, and only a short walk through the camp site to to the beaches and Durdle Door.
Arrived on a Windy Day?
If you happen to arrive on a particularly windy day and want somewhere nice for a picnic without your scotch eggs flying away, read on.
As you approach the arch there are a choice of two beaches to relax on, and even have a swim from if you are brave. The one on the left of the arch as you are facing it is particularly well sheltered from the elements.
Because of this, it is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon on a windy day. In fact from the beach you can actually see the tourists at the top flapping about in the wind as you enjoy the blissfully peaceful atmosphere on the rocks.
Lovely views from the Dorset Coast
How to Get to Durdle Door
As there is a holiday park pretty much right next to it, you will have a solid advantage if you have a sat nav system. Simply input the address of the park as BH20 5PU and it takes you right there. The actual site is just a short drive through the camping park and is sign posted from the entrance
If you are travelling over from Dorchester it is just under half an hours drive. Head down the A352 until you almost reach East Knighton; then simply take a right into Winfrith Newburgh.
Finally turn left at St Christopher’s Church. You can then follow the road all the way to the Jurassic Coast!
This is truly a spectacular part of the Dorset coast, and the UK in fact. Well worth an afternoon of your time to take some photos, relax and soak in the fresh air, sun and cleansing atmosphere.
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