Durdle Door is surely one of the most instantly recognisable landmarks in Britain. The natural archway of Portland limestone is privately owned but is accessible to the public.
Situated just to the northwest of the equally dramatic and picturesque Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door beach consists of shingle and is accessed via steep steps and swimming is possible. Take care near the arch however as the beach slopes steeply here.
Like Durdle Door, the neighbouring Man o' War Cove is stunning in summer. Many visitors simply visiting the area to be awed by nature's beauty and for a photographic souvenir.
Toilets and refreshments are available at the nearby holiday park.
There are fine walks west along the South West Coast Path over the chalk headlands of Swyre Head and Bat's Head towards Ringstead or east over Dungy Head to Stair Hole, Lulworth Cove and Mupe Bay.
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Interesting geology
OS Explorer Map OL15: Purbeck & South Dorset
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: