Activities & Days Out, Beaches & Coastline, Days Out in Dorset, Hampshire & Wiltshire

Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door

You can drive to Lulworth Cove either via the ferry or by taking the A35 and going via Wareham.

On a normal day, with normal traffic, the journey should take you around 50 minutes. However, this is a very busy part of Dorset, on a sunny Sunday, this journey could take you 3 hours!

Travelling on the ferry is dependant on the queue, again on a sunny Sunday morning you could sit in the queue for an hour. Its best to get up early and get on with your day if you want to visit Lulworth.

So, will it be worth it…?

Undoubtedly YES!.

Both Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door are truly beautiful to look down on from the cliffs above. The beaches here are all shingle, part of the Jurassic coast and full of fossils. There is a castle in the village about 15 minutes from the cove.

This is part of the Lulworth Estate, all the information regarding Lulworth and Durdle Door is found on this site – Events at the castle will be listed here too.

Durdle Door is one of the most photographed places in Dorset. It is a hike down to the beach, and not for the unfit. You can still see the cove and enjoy the beauty of it all without doing the hike down. You will need proper shoes to get down to the beach, its steps all the way down, made from the cliff side & uneven. Over the past few years there has been unprecedented numbers of visitors to this area. The Lulworth Estate and local residents have struggled to keep numbers manageable, and what should be a lovely day out has turned into chaos for some people. Please check the Lulworth website and twitter for up to date information before your visit. Remember as always Leave nothing but footprints.

Lulworth, on the other side of this big bay, is accessed straight from the small village and is much easier to get to. There’s normally great rock pools here. Pick up some crab fishing equipment from a local store before you leave Bournemouth and spend an afternoon trying to catch something.

You need good shoes to do these beaches, the stones are smooth, but you still need shoes to get across them. Its not a place for flip flops!

There are some amazing walks along this part of the coastline. They are all signposted and range from 5 miles to 25 miles. This site will help you plan your route –

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Dionne Bell