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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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YHA Lulworth Cove ¥4,209
YHA Lulworth Cove

YHA Lulworth Cove

School Lane, Wareham, England
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Wareham, this hostel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, and Weymouth Bay. Lulworth Cove Beach is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) away.

    Castle Inn
    Castle Inn

    Castle Inn

    Main Road, Wareham, England
       
      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.

      The Red Lion ¥8,634
      The Red Lion

      The Red Lion

      Winfrith, Dorchester, England
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in a rural location, this inn is within 6 mi (10 km) of Weymouth Bay, Durdle Door, and Monkey World Ape Rescue Center. Lulworth Cove and Lulworth Cove Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        The Countryman Inn ¥11,763
        The Countryman Inn

        The Countryman Inn

        East Knighton, Dorchester, England
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Dorchester, this beach inn is within 6 mi (10 km) of Weymouth Bay, Durdle Door, and Monkey World Ape Rescue Center. Lulworth Cove and The Tank Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Frome Dale ¥9,624
          Frome Dale

          Frome Dale

          East Burton Road, East Burton Wool, Wareham, England
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Wareham, this bed & breakfast is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Monkey World Ape Rescue Center and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from The Tank Museum. Durdle Door and Weymouth Bay are also within 6 mi (10 km). Wareham Wool Station is 13 minutes by foot.

            Osmington Holiday Park
            Osmington Holiday Park

            Osmington Holiday Park

            Osmington Mills, Weymouth, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated by the sea, this holiday park is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Weymouth Bay and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Fantasy Island Fun Park. Weymouth Beach and Pirate Adventure Mini Golf are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              The Frampton Arms ¥11,432
              The Frampton Arms

              The Frampton Arms

              Station Road, Dorchester, England
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Sculpture by the Lakes and within 6 mi (10 km) of Monkey World Ape Rescue Center and Clouds Hill. The Tank Museum and Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km). Dorchester Moreton Station is only a 1-minute walk.

                Best Western Weymouth Hotel Rembrandt ¥10,792
                Best Western Weymouth Hotel Rembrandt

                Best Western Weymouth Hotel Rembrandt

                Dorchester Road, Weymouth, England
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the sea, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Weymouth Bay and Weymouth Beach. Radipole Lake Nature Reserve and Jubilee Clock Tower of Weymouth are also within 15 minutes. Weymouth Station is 11 minutes by foot.