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Visiting Durdle Door

On a recent weekend in Dorset we drove to the coast to visit Durdle Door, somewhere I have always wanted to see for myself. We were arriving at about 11am and I hoped this wouldn’t be too late to avoid the crowds.

Visiting Durdle Door - Lensball

We parked in the Durdle Door car park which was huge and had toilet blocks and plenty of refreshment stands as well as being next door to a caravan park where people can holiday with incredible views of the coast.

Visiting Durdle Door - Coastline

Even at 11am we were able to park easily. There’s a pay and display machine which does take cards but the card reader wasn’t working when we arrived so it was cash only.

From the car park there’s a pretty steep walk downhill which takes you to either Man of War Bay or Durdle Door with the path splitting to take you in either direction. The walk gave us great views of Man of War Bay and it looked like something from an overseas holiday – not a weeked in the UK. This day out really showed me just how beautiful Dorset is and I think it’s a quite often underrated county.

Visiting Durdle Door - Man of War Bay

We reached the split in the path and chose to go down to the beach at Durdle Door but stopped to take a few photos of the iconic rock first. It’s such an amazing view and a sight I don’t think anyone would tire of.

Visiting Durdle Door

After a little break we carried on our descent and got to the beach below. Although it looked like sand from the top it’s a pebbly beach, not quite shingle but beautiful nonetheless.

We spent an hour on the beach with the children happily digging holes and hunting for shells and fossils. The beach started to get crowded around lunchtime when we headed back up to the top but it was a lot quieter than I expected.

Visiting Durdle Door - Beach

The climb back up to the top was hard. It was so much steeper than I’d expected and although it probably only took ten minutes it was a hard ten minutes. We bought well deserved ice creams when we finally got to the top!

Visiting Durdle Door - Steep Climb

Durdle Door was an incredible sight and one I’m so happy to say that I’ve seen. If you’re ever in Dorset then it’s definitely worth the trip.

Visiting Durdle Door - Reflection
Visiting Durdle Door


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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