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“Ideal base for a holiday” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door
West Lulworth, England
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Surrey, England
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“Ideal base for a holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

I stayed in Lulworth for a weeks holiday in a cottage rental during May 2013 with my wife, 3yo daughter and mother-in-law. We had a lovely time; best bits were -
The coastline, not only very beautiful, but very interesting, with millions of years geology open to see.
The location was a nice mix of remoteness an facilities
Attractions and things to do - obviously enjoying Lulworth Cove and walks along the coast to Durdle Door. But also other attractions such as the Tank Museum and Monkeyworld

But the best bit was how the village changed completely at 4 or 5pm as all the day-trippers went home. You had the special feeling of having the area almost to yourself.

Visited May 2013
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“Back again”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Been to durdle door a few times now, seems to have an atmosphere that is both calming and relaxing, feel like I am home.... Never had this feeling with anywhere I have been before. It is sad to see so any land slips, some are larger than others. The steps to durdle door, to get on the each have slid and they appear to be putting a new set in.my side I love is the other side,man o war, this is still accessible . The recent large land slips does not stop you walking from lullworth to durdle door, just follow the diversion. Just stay safe, we still saw people walking on the path that had been closed off

Visited May 2013
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“Just beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Fantastic place for a long walk and if you like you can stay on the beach too. Views from the top are simply stunning, superb location for taking photos. We visited in October but it was warm enough to have a swim, water was fantastic, super clean, we loved it. Excellent day out. It is a must see location ! ! !

Visited October 2012
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“getting there by public transport”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

The only buses that go to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are the 103 and 104, and the trips are very limited. You can get them at Wool railway station. (See travelinessw.com for the schedule.) We had planned to take the bus to Lulworth Cove and then walk from there to Durdle Door and back, but a taxi driver at Wool suggested that we could take an easier route and get off at Durdle Door and then walk to Lulworth Cove instead - which is what we did. If you miss the bus or can't wait, the taxi fare from Wool to Lulworth Cove will cost £13 - or you could ask the driver (they usually stay at Wool station) to pick you up at Lulworth Cove (or Durdle Door).

If you walk from Durdle Door, you pass through a caravan park. There are small signs along the way and you won't get lost. (If you walk from Lulworth Cove, you walk through the car park, and there are also signs.) The walk from Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove was amazing. We did not walk down to the beach on Durdle Door because the path had eroded and the only way down we could see was through some rocks that looked too slippery for me.

Although the path is used by many people, one must be very careful when walking because landslips occur without warning. (And do not rely on warning signs or roped off areas. A landslip occurred the night before we walked there and there were no warning signs at the time yet.) There are also snakes - we saw one slithering in front of us. They're not big though and they probably won't bother you if you don't bother them.

It takes about an hour to an hour and a half to walk one way. At Lulworth Cove, we had one of the best ice-creams at Finley's, which is in front of the Heritage Centre. Before our trip I was looking for a street map of Lulworth Cove but could not find a decent one - no wonder, it was a very small town you wouldn't need a map to go around.

We took a rib ride (cost: £6 per adult) to see Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door from the sea - I recommend it. It takes only about 15 minutes (or less) and is very safe. It is not scary - there was a child in our boat and he seemed to have had a lot of fun. They have no set schedule for the ride, you just go down to the cove and you'll see a sign saying queue here for the boat ride.

I will definitely go back here.

Visited April 2013
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“Honeymoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Lulworth Cove was beautiful and the view of it from above, on the climb to Durdle beach, was very impressive.
Durdle Door and beach were both gorgeous but I can highly recommend going early as it's a fair walk from Lulworth and it got busy towards lunch time.

Visited May 2013
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