Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door
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  • Anglotripper
    Boston, Massachusetts109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Memorable, Stunning Views
    A beautiful, small picturesque cove with a pebbly beach. Easy to relax and enjoy the scenery here. Getting to nearby Durdle Door was a long climb so be prepared to rest periodically. Once you are at the top and down toward the beach, you are rewarded with an amazing site of a majestic curved rock formation. Absolutely stunning! Most memorable and special.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 30, 2023
  • SWH100
    Cardiff, United Kingdom1,088 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning place
    Wow what an incredible place. We parked in Lulworth and explored the cove, before walking to stair hole and then doing the short (but steep) walk to Durdle door. Stunning bit of coast line. We then spent a couple of hours paddle boarding at Lulworth cove, which was glorious and then had a nice swim. Always wanted to visit and was definitely not disappointed. Loved it. So beautiful.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Andrew G
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    Went to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Lulworth Cove first and was personally better than Durdle Door for the simple fact it wasn't as steel to walk up and down than Durdle Door. We stayed on the peebles convener the very end for a couple of hour or so taking the breathtaking scenery in. Then walked up to the other side of the cliff for the fantastic view. Then onto Durdle Door which was amazing. We never went down to the beach as the steps were a little step. The walk up and down was a task but manageable. Worth the walk for the views. We would recommend and a must thing to do when visiting this area.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Annie F
    Bath, United Kingdom83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a lovely place
    We arrived at the car park earlyish so there were still plenty of spaces in the main car park. Toilets very clean (always a bonus). Lovely cake and tea / coffee at the cafe by the car park. Extensive goodies on offer in the gift shop. Walked down to the beach, a few cafes / snack bars on the way. Beautiful bay! Pebbly beach so we were grateful to have worn trainers! Sat on a seat for a few hours in the lovely sunshine watching the sea ebb and flow, boats coming and going and people watching. Had a lovely pasty for lunch from one of the aforementioned food outlets. Another drink in the cafe at by the car park before setting off. All in all, very well worth a visit. Wear sturdy shoes and enjoy.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Barbara L
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door
    you would think in the day and age of disabilities they would work out a plan for the disabled person/s wanting to see the beautiful Durdle Door. A cliff lift would be so easy, yes expensive but so worth it. Why should the elderly or disabled miss out on such beauty, standing watching my family from the top of cliff was excluding and lonely. people would be happy to pay a tram fee to go up and down. my husband misses out at times and he feels he cant leave me Come on council get disability friendly
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Laura L
    Nottingham, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    TAKE YOUR RUBBISH HOME
    One of the most beautiful places in Britain and a favourite of ours, we go back quite a lot, it's a definite must see. However, we feel it is becoming increasingly spoiled by disrespectful people, who go in large groups and have large picnics and leave all of their rubbish there to be washed back into the sea! Durdledoor door is a world heritage site and a stunning place of natural beauty, we walked along the beach on the way back to the car and picked up a bag full of plastic bottles, cans and wrappers. I think people need to have more respect and consideration. Hats off to the staff there that work hard to keep it a pristine environment.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Matt
    Hedge End, United Kingdom4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place but stay away if you have a wasp sting allergy.
    Beautiful location and a “must see” there is a big but though……this may not bother everyone as I’m allergic to wasps but the place is plagued by them. I was genuinely fearful of my safety as it’s not very successful. Ended up leaving after 30minutes due to the amount of wasps. Had I been stung…. which happened to a few I saw the short time I was there, I’d of been done for! I’ll visit again in the winter months as the site is beautiful.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Fuzzball594860
    Bristol, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delightful Durdle door
    First time visiting and with friends, Was fantastic to have all the facilities on site, pub, shop, plenty of walks nearby also, The steps down to the beach are steep but tackled slowly it’s great! A fair few steep bits so comfortable shoes are a must! Plenty of spots to stop and admire the view, The caravan we stayed in was perfect Well equipped and very spacious Waking up to the sound of the sea each morning was bliss, we loved getting up to watch the sun rise then walked around the coastal walks, then stopped at the man o war restaurant on site , great food at a great price with a very relaxed feel, welcomed by everyone and was just a lovely place to be
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 27, 2023
  • valharris27
    Colchester, United Kingdom20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic place
    We stayed at Rudds in Lulworth cove for two nights. Our family room overlooked the cove and contained a bunk bed and a double bed. Breakfast was cooked to order as was the evening meal that we ate there. The bar was a lovely place to sit although they didn't have a very large range of beer at that time. Everyone was very friendly and the check-in was swift and easy. We swum in their pool although it was heated only by the sun, a good size pool with varying depths.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 1, 2023
  • Chris
    Hinckley, United Kingdom969 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good
    We were in the area and decided to walk down to the cove. We managed to find some free parking on the side of the road further up which was good. The weather was between being sunny and showers which the majority of the time it was sunny. It rained just before we decided to leave and were inside the visitor centre luckily. The place was very busy with tourists. There is a tourist centre and restaurants leading down to the cove. The cove is nice to see, it is a pebble beach and the water was quite cold. There were dogs on the beach and was busy with people. The are activities and boat trips that can be done here. You can walk along coastal paths from both sides of the cove which the one that goes from the visitor centre car park goes to Durdle door which is a good walk in good weather. The area seemed relatively clean but there was some litter about which was a shame. We didn't manage to go to Durdle Door due to the weather and other reasons which was a shame.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 1, 2023
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Paul Alliston
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
Lulworth Cove offers little or no attractions for visitors who appear to travel many, many miles to see this so called iconic location. It's beach is very small and at high tide only a matter of a few feet of shore line exists. Even when the tide is out the sand is minimal and if you walk to the east below the cliffs, (across rock strewn boulders), there is always the ever present danger of rock falls at any time. Car parking is very expensive - £4 minimum and when you return it's highly likely your car will be covered in chalky dust.

Additionally, litter is everywhere as rubbish bins have been removed from sensible and convenient locations as the controlling Wells Estate believe that everyone should take their rubbish home. Regrettably this is an unrealistic fallacy - people just leave their rubbish behind them if there are no adequate facilities provided !!!.

Durdle Door has a spectacular rock arch but access is via a very steep path and steps often resulting in people falling and breaking limbs. There are no facilities whatsoever on the beach itself only at the car park entry point

All in all I strongly recommend that Weymouth would be a better place if you are looking for sandy or shingle beaches where local amenities abound. A vibrant town with a fascinating harbour and marina to explore. Nothe Fort offers a great insight into the past and well worth a visit.

Sorry Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door - you've lost my support
Written May 29, 2020
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Ricky V
Wareham, UK1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
Admittedly I'm in the wrong as the car parking states 24/7 parking and closes at 6pm also no signs saying you need to book as its online. I've been going down in the evenings 20+ years and this has never happened and I get a ticket for £50. Arrived at 8:15pm for a walk and ventured back at 11pm while there was still enough light and the ticket was put on at 10.42pm. The amount of litter left in the carpark is shorly worse than me have a few hours to wonder down the cove. Why should the locals get penalised for when the massices have left. ( also like I said admittedly I'm in the wrong)
Written July 13, 2020
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OACKev
Dinas Powys, UK239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
If the sun is out, this is an experience not to be missed.

You arrive at a Pay & Display car park - the best way to pay is by downloading the Just Pay app (do it in advance, using your WiFi). It can be very windy at the car park, which is set at a high point and has refreshment trailers and toilets (make sure you go before setting out).

Due to the need for social distancing etc., the walking route is clearly marked as a one-way circular track. It's very undulating, takes in some lovely woodland and stunning, rugged valley pathways. Be aware that it's possibly not best under foot for people with mobility issues.

When you get to the clifftops overlooking Durdle Door, on a bright day, the sight is simply stunning (as is the bay next to it). Be mindful that the cliff edges are very high, so if you're a vertigo sufferer, you might want to stay back - and be careful with kids/pets.

The 'door' looks like something you expect to see in the Greek Islands, especially with the clear sea. There's a steep climb down the steps to the shingle beach (and obviously a steep climb back up) and the beach can get crowded. Whether you have a short stay as we did, or settle in for most of the day, as long as you're OK being on shingle rather than soft sand, this is an idyllic place to be. The route back to the car park is also a steep climb to give the heart a good workout before you get back in the car.

Definitely worth a visit.
Written August 3, 2020
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Carol
Skegness, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
My family and I have just got back from a lovely weekend to Durdle Door, am not sure why there's all the negativity surrounding it. We decided we wanted to spend somewhere at the seaside for a change, and made the long journey down on Friday from Skegness. We would have travelled down Thursday but we decided to give the NHS one last clap before we left. The views when you get there are fantastic, especially when we spent a lot of time queuing to get down to the beach, which made it more bearable, and we had a lovely time chatting to people queuing next to us, laughing and sharing wine, whilst the kids played pat-a-cake with their children. The lovely sea air did wonders for the cough that my youngest has developed. Many of the surrounding restaurants were closed, but we were able to camp in a place called Wareham Forest and were able to enjoy a lovely BBQ there every night. This place is an absolute treasure and I can see why so many people made the long trips down. Would definitely recommend to anybody, no matter how near or far, you will leave feeling under the weather just because of how sad you are to be leaving it all behind.
Written May 31, 2020
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Peter N
London, UK5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
We paid the premium parking whole day for £15 by app 2 days before visiting and stated 5 min walk to Durdle door. This is the parking space beside the snack trailer and toilets. However when we arrived a man with a truck blocked the way ( staff ) and directed to the just park (seemed like overflow) car park. The price was £10 whole day. This overflow car park was a 15 min walk to the premium paid car park.

Wasn’t happy with the parking shambles. Would like to hear if PCN are issued despite us paid premium parking but parked in overflow due to the man and truck blocking the way.
Written June 25, 2020
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Alan J
Stone, UK67 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
The one way system to the door is a farce, says a 20 minute walk which is a 35 minute hike , there were older people wondering how they could make it back ,tip go through the no entrysign and that is a very steep 10 minute walk.
The car parking is a joke ,25inute queue to get a ticket ,read the instructions very. Carefully or else you will get stung ( minimum £5 charge ) then another 20 minute queue to pay

Never again
Written July 12, 2020
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stan155
Derby, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Durdle Door is a delightful piece of nature.
The sea will suck you in to danger, that's nature.
The steps are down a cliff, that's nature.
The walk isn't easy. that's nature.
The cliff edge drop is dangerous, that's nature.
It is a beautiful site and an enchanting beach, that's nature!

I had the good fortune of walking from 4 miles inland not meeting a soul and descending to Durdle then on to meeting my wife for a nice chill out at Lulworth.
I kid you not at Durdle I saw women in stiletto heals fit for a night out, people standing on soft overhanging cliff edges and people hurling themselves into a twenty foot swell on a windy dangerous day.

Whilst others attempted to get swept off the beach at high tied we spent a wonderful afternoon with a few other like minded people at distance. Granted the access wasn't lit up, carpeted or had signs saying keep 2 metres apart but it was that good the great unwashed wouldn't even know it was under their nose.
There are very good toilets, shops and an eating outlet....you just have to walk a little to them, and the car park access is excellent and well worth the money as you can use it at Lulworth also. In fact I would double it for obvious reasons.

If you need signs to tell you to put one foot in front of the other, breath in breath out and repeat a distancing rule we have been told every day for 5 months, then to put it politely, this isn't the place for you.
Otherwise, the whole area is a delight, with pleasant local people.
Written September 2, 2020
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Henrique S
London, UK323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Wonderful place, very organized but get ready for the walk from the parking lot to the beach.
Speaking of parking, it needs to be booked in advance, I recommend the JUSTPARK App, download and place the Durdle Door Car Park, remembering that you need to select the time from 9:00 am to 18:00 pm to appear the right option (the parking closes at 18:00pm). It costs £ 15 per car all day. In the parking lot there are restrooms and small food truck with beverage..
BARBECUE IS NOT ALLOWED, so bring ready-made fish and snacks.
The sea is very rough, so make sure you can swim to get back.
Written June 29, 2020
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Fly A
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Owned by the Weld family who lease the neighbouring area to the Ministry of Defence, and own considerable miles of the coastline, charge FROM £4.00 for 2 hrs. A cup of tea is £2, and the steps were so bad people had resorted to going off the designated steps onto the cliff sides as it was safer. Definitely a real money making venture and must pull in a tidy annual profit to keep the Weld Castle family home nearby nicely furnished.
Written March 2, 2020
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Thank you for your report. You may be interested to know that the car parks at both Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are indeed, part of the Lulworth Estate. The money from parking goes towards upkeep of this beautiful area, visitor services (health and safety, facilities, footpath maintenance etc) and our conservation and education programmes. One car park ticket is valid at both car parks.
Written March 9, 2020
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Carlisle, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
The place itself is amazing! I’ve traveled a lot, but that place is worth going to see. When it comes to the “hike” - it’s not that bad. Would not recommend it with young children or elderly as it is steep, but that applies for most cliffs. The cheaper car Park is all the way down the bottom of the village- meaning you have to climb up the hill. If you pay the £15 car park - that’s already higher so it saves you the walk. My advice is go as early as possible as it gets really busy. Both my partner & I are very active so we parked in west Lulworth beside the church for free and walked 1.5 mile along the main road to get there, which is also an option.
Written July 17, 2020
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