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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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    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the beach, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Weymouth Bay and Lulworth Cove. Durdle Door is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) away.

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      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Wareham, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lulworth Cove Beach, Weymouth Bay, and Lulworth Cove. Durdle Door is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) away.

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      Advantage Point

      Advantage Point

      6 West Road, Wareham, England
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Weymouth Bay and Lulworth Cove. Durdle Door is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

        Little Forge
        Little Forge

        Little Forge

        31 Main Road, Wareham, England
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Weymouth Bay and Lulworth Cove. Durdle Door is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

          Forge Cottage
          Forge Cottage

          Forge Cottage

          31 Main Road, Wareham, England
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the beach, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Weymouth Bay and Lulworth Cove. Durdle Door is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

            Lulworth Cove Cottage
            Lulworth Cove Cottage

            Lulworth Cove Cottage

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              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Weymouth Bay and Lulworth Cove. Durdle Door is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

              Bransmead
              Bransmead

              Bransmead

              Bransmead West Road West Lulworth, Wareham, England
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Wareham, this golf cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lulworth Cove Beach, Weymouth Bay, and Lulworth Cove. Durdle Door is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

                Amy Cottage
                Amy Cottage

                Amy Cottage

                25-26 Main Road West Lulworth, Wareham, England
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Weymouth Bay and Lulworth Cove. Durdle Door is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.