Going to university in Dorset means that I don’t have to travel far to get to some pretty amazing places. So in September I decided to visit the unbelievably beautiful Durdle Door while it was still slightly warm.
Durdle Door makes up part of a 96 mile stretch of coastline in Dorset called The Jurassic Coast. Famous for its preservation of millions of years of geological history, the Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site that stretches from Orcombe Point near Exmouth, to Old Harry Rocks in Swanage. Durdle Door is a natural limestone arch that is basically defying nature and gravity by still standing (although it is slowly eroding away).
It took me and my housemate a while to get to Durdle Door as we had to take a bus, a train and a taxi as neither of us have our cars at uni – but if you do drive down, there is plenty of parking for visitors which you can access by driving through a caravan site.
I didn’t do my research before I went so I wasn’t prepared for the incredibly steep approach down to the coast. I was wearing sandals and a dress which weren’t great choices for a pebbly, steep and windy path for which other visitors had walking boots and hiking sticks. However, there was a woman in heels who was trying to walk on the pebbly beach and failed miserably, so I wasn’t the only one.
Immediately East of Durdle Door is Man of War Cove which, I have to say, is one of the most beautiful pieces of coastline I have ever seen! The water in the cove is so blue that it is hard to believe that you are still in the UK. There are steps that lead down to the beach which is both smaller and quieter than the beach on the side of Durdle Door.
If you are a little more adventurous than the average Joe, you could climb the grassy rocks in between Man of War Cove and Durdle Door so that you can sit on what looks to me like a very unsafe little ledge (I’m not a fan of edges) from which you can look down over Durdle Door’s beach.
If you don’t want to risk your life on the edge of some rocks like me and just want to enjoy the views and scenery then just take a gentle walk down another set of steep steps down to the Durdle Door beach. When I visited the beach was pretty empty so I managed to get a prime position to sit and watch the world go by. It is so nice to sit on the pebbles and listen as the water laps the shore and splashes against the rocks. It is such a serene place that I didn’t want to leave – but the rain came and made it too cold to sit on the beach in a dress and sandals.
Further along the coast is Lulworth Cove with is also extremely beautiful and definitely worth a visit. It is a walkable distance from Durdle Door if you follow the signs provided it should only be about 2 miles. Lulworth Cove and Old Harry Rocks are next on my list to see before I leave university in June. If the Jurassic Coast is not on your bucket list, it should be!
Where are the most beautiful places you have visited?