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Durdle Door

Swim through the large natural arch in the cliffs, which juts out dramatically into the sea and dates back about 140 million years.

Durdle Door is a natural arch carved into the limestone cliffs on the Jurassic Coast of England. The geological feature is the unquestionable highlight of the Lulworth Estate, which is open to the public and consists of 12,000 acres (4,856 hectares) of picturesque terrain. Go for a romantic stroll along the stony beach and take photographs of this stunning geological feature.

The arch was formed by sea erosion on the cliff, which gradually wore away the weaker layers, leaving only the arch standing. Today, you’ll be able to spot other remnants of old arches in the form of rock stacks and stumps. As the crashing waves continue to pound Durdle Door, this is its inevitable future. The site’s name derives from the Old English word “thirl,” which means drill. The famous arch has featured in music videos and movies, such as Wilde and Nanny McPhee.

Note the fossil ripple marks in the slabs of rock at the lower section of the arch. At the top, there are visible rings that mark life from millions of years ago. Capture photos of these intriguing inscriptions of time. 

When the weather is sunny, the pebbly beach is a nice place to spend the day. Work on your tan or go for a swim in the sea with your family. The beach is quite steep, so weak swimmers and families with children should take extra care. 

Stroll along the green hills behind the beach for excellent views of the sea and the English countryside. Enjoy the serene ambiance and the fresh sea breeze as you traverse the large meadows. In the summer, there is a shop selling rock and fossil souvenirs as well as refreshments.

Durdle Door is 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) east of Weymouth on the south coast of England. You can access the site through the villages of Lulworth and Winfrith. Walk to the cliff tops and make your way down the steep hills to the beach. There is a parking lot nearby.


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Rafters at Lulworth Cove - Close to the Sea- Sleeps 20
Rafters at Lulworth Cove - Close to the Sea- Sleeps 20

Rafters at Lulworth Cove - Close to the Sea- Sleeps 20

Wareham, Dorset
     
    0.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in Wareham, this vacation home is steps from Lulworth Cove Beach, Weymouth Bay, and Lulworth Cove. Durdle Door is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

    YHA Lulworth Cove $41
    Reviewed on May 19, 2019
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    YHA Lulworth Cove

    YHA Lulworth Cove

    School Lane, Wareham, England
       
      1.0 of 5
      2.5 out of 5.0

      Little room with 5 beds, toilet and shower on corridor shared as kitchen aswell

      Country House, own Grounds, Parking, Seclusion, Views, Ideal Family Groups
      Reviewed on Oct 13, 2018
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      Country House, own Grounds, Parking, Seclusion, Views, Ideal Family Groups

      Country House, own Grounds, Parking, Seclusion, Views, Ideal Family Groups

      Dorchester, Dorset
         
        4.7 of 5
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        Great house for a family to get together. Lovely walks on your doorstep.

        Lux Living Apartment in 18th Century Country House
        Reviewed on Apr 22, 2018
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        Lux Living Apartment in 18th Century Country House

        Lux Living Apartment in 18th Century Country House

        Winfrith Newburgh
           
          5.0 of 5
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          My friend and I had a wonderful time. Jan and Mark were very welcoming and the room was clean and well stocked. We really enjoyed walking to the coast on a lovely sunny day. We were sad to leave!

          The Red Lion $90
          Reviewed on Feb 10, 2019
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          The Red Lion

          The Red Lion

          Winfrith, Dorchester, England
             
            3.9 of 5
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            The mattres was to to soft and next to a busy road,close to monkey world and tank museum good food well priced had no problem with staff all helpful good stay

            The Countryman Inn $130
            Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019
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            The Countryman Inn

            The Countryman Inn

            East Knighton, Dorchester, England
               
              4.1 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Central location, great welcome and good food. Our golden retriever was spoilt by the friendly staff

              Small Hamlet, One Level, pet Friendly, Enclosed Private Garden, Open Fields
              Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019
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              Small Hamlet, One Level, pet Friendly, Enclosed Private Garden, Open Fields

              Small Hamlet, One Level, pet Friendly, Enclosed Private Garden, Open Fields

              Winfrith
                 
                4.7 of 5
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                Had a lovely 4 night break at The Old Dairy, accommodation very comfy, good facilities and our dog loved the garden, which was safe for him to run around in. It was also a sheltered spot for us, the weary walkers, to sit in the afternoon and watch the sun go down. The Owners were friendly and we ...

                The Gatehouse, Modern, Open Plan, dog Friendly With Enclosed Garden
                The Gatehouse, Modern, Open Plan, dog Friendly With Enclosed Garden

                The Gatehouse, Modern, Open Plan, dog Friendly With Enclosed Garden

                Dorchester, England
                   
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                  Situated in a rural location, this historic cottage is within 6 mi (10 km) of Weymouth Bay, Durdle Door, and Monkey World Ape Rescue Center. Lulworth Cove and Sculpture by the Lakes are also within 6 mi (10 km).