Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door walk captures the best of the Jurassic Coast; steep cliffs, natural landscapes and excellent views. An easy and amazing trip to England.
As travel bloggers, we travel the world in search of great travel information. But sometimes it comes with the risk of missing very different places near home. So we recently moved to the Jurassic Coast in the south of England and discovered a truly amazing landscape.
After six days exploring all the best things to do in the area, there was one clear highlight: Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door walk.
The direct route is just over a mile but far beyond the most beautiful part of the world. Below your feet, white limestone cliffs plunge into the golden shingle beaches and falling oceans. Outside the ocean, swimmers circulate a natural rocky outcrop created by thousands of years of erosion. Inland, sheep and cattle graze on green plots of land and farm houses.
While the walk only takes 30 minutes (one way) it is worth exploring the area continuously and you can easily spend a few hours or a whole day. Here’s how to get the best of both worlds: Lulworth Cove parking.
To find an amazing natural setting in the area, read our guide to visit the cliffs of Sisters Seven.
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BEFORE LEAVING – EXAMINING THE LIGHT MEMORY
A trip to Lulworth Cove is one of the best days to get out of Dorset.
The almost perfect round harbor, with its calm blue waters surrounded by the sweeping of the gray head. It is a beautiful place to explore before embarking on a trip to Durdle Door.
Views from the beach are good enough. Older wooden fishing boats roam the ground as sailors of the day (who eat ice cream) paddling on gentle waves or searching for unknown animals in a rocky outcrop. But it is even better from above.
So before you start the Lulworth Cove for the Durdle Door walk, head up to the little head that sits above the nearby ‘Stair Hole’ to see the full beauty of the harbor surrounded by coastal cliffs.
But there is more to it than just amazing views up here. Look at the great architecture: ‘Lulworth Crumple’ – something that would have made my dad work long hours. Layers of black, gray, and white rock have collapsed and ‘collapsed’ under gravity. They are a spectacular sight as they slowly melt into the turbulent sea.
A quick loop from the Lulworth Cove car park down the harbor, south of the country, past the Lulworth Cone and back to the car park in just 15 minutes (see map at the end of the article). Do it, then come back and tell us everything on Instagram.
COVER LWORTH TO CONTINUE WALKING AT THE TRAVEL DOOR
As the best trip over the weekend in the UK, the 1.25-mile journey from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door begins after Lulworth Cove parking. A well-marked road climbs some 1,600 feet [400 m] up the cliffs.
Continuing the next mile the path passes the secret beaches into the ovens, the cows graze in the fields of the fields and the big drops make the heartbeat slower. Everywhere you look it is amazing as white cliffs rise up and fall to the white falls. There is no other place like it.
After only 30 minutes, the walk ends at Durdle Door. A prominent view of the Jurassic Coast, this natural arch extends into the sea from the shiny beach of shingle. Building wind and sea erosion for thousands of years, on warmer days it has now become a playground for happy (but cold) swimmers and spectacular riders.
WHERE IS THE WAY?
You can park in the Durdle Door car park and go back, but we recommend that you start at Lulworth Cove where the facilities are better. If you want to take something for lunch, have a thinning ice cream or cheek paint before you start walking, you have options.
However, the main reason you have to go the way we recommend is because of the open parking times. Lulworth Cove car park is open 24 hours a day, and Durdle Door car park only opens at 8am and closes at 4pm, 7pm or 10pm (depending on the time of year). This means you are a bit restricted when you start at Durdle Door.
Additionally, the uphill part of the walk comes first when you start at Lulworth Cove, so it all comes down the way home.
HOW TO GET TO THE GROWTH COVER
The best way to get to Lulworth Cove is to start a trip to Durdle Door driving which allows you to see some of the attractions of the Jurassic Coast. Lulworth Cove is 126 kilometers from London, which will take about 2 hours, 30 minutes, at peak times.
If you want to rent a car on your Dorset trip, we recommend Auto Europe. Choose the links below, based on your home location.
PACKAGE OF LULWORTH COVE
The Lulworth Cove car park is well located on the road and is open 24 hours a day every day of the year. A large paved car park overflows into lush green fields, but is very busy during the summer holidays (July / Aug) and warm weekends. So, if you plan to visit at these times and try to get there early or late in the afternoon.
You can purchase a parking ticket for a set number of hours or you can sign in with a contact card. The cost of parking at Lulworth Cove is here. If you buy a ticket for the set number of hours it also applies to Durdle Door car park.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO THE GROWTH COVER
If you do not have a car or want to avoid traffic on busy summer days you can use public transportation. It is not uncommon in winter but additional services are performed during the busy summer months.
The nearest railway station is in the town of Wool from London to the Weymouth line. Three bus services (numbers 30, X54 and 55) travel a short distance from Wool to West Lulworth (Lulworth Cove). Please note that bus number 30 is only valid from the end of May until the end of September.