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Durdle Door

Durdle Door beach, Dorset

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

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.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Lulworth, Bere Regis, Dorchester and Wareham.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

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:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Dorchester, Bere Regis, Wareham and Swanage.

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