Durdle Door Walks + Things To Do In Dorset’s The Jurassic Coast
- Walking The Jurassic Coast – The best way to experience the scenery is definitely by walking the coastline. The 95 miles from Old Harry Rocks to Exmouth offers up some amazing and stunning views. All that’s need is a good pair of walking shoes. For more on trails check out South West Coast Path.
- Cycling The Jurassic Coast – Many of the towns and villages along Jurassic Coast are connected via National Cycle Network offering a great way to explore the area at your own pace. Even better if you can transport light camping gear and camp along the routes through Jurassic Coastal towns.
- Take A Rib Ride from Lulworth Cove – We took the Rib Ride from Lulworth Cove which also takes you behind Durdle Door. You can also take city cruises from Poole and Lyme Bay. I will be showing you more of Lulworth Cove in the next post.
- Fossil Hunting – There are fossils right along the Jurassic Coast. There are guided fossil walks from Charmouth Heritage Center or Lyme Regis Museum. The Visitor Center in Lulworth Cove and some of the museums will also display some of the most important finds yet.
- Kayaking – You take part in kayaking tours while in the area. These activities start off from Lulworth Cove which I shared a link above.
- For more information on visiting this beautiful place, check out Jurassic Coast’s official website. For additional inspiration on things to do beyond Durdle, check out this post on things to do in Weymouth by Emily.
Durdle Door Camping and Campsites (& Durdle Door Holiday Park)
Although the arch sits on private land it is accessible to the public and therefore you will see one or two people camping out on the beach of Durdle Door or Old Man of War Cove which is right next to door. Durdle Door campsites are popular summer destinations for many in the UK, so even these can run out as quickly as Durdle Door holiday park which is just above the arch via a walking path. You have to go through Durdle Door holiday park to get to the arch.
There is a variety of accommodation options available in Dorset but what you need to know is that you need to book the majority of these well in advance as they sell out fast. There are campsites, camping pods, caravan parks, holiday homes, guesthouses, and inns but again there aren’t many to go round for the demand this beautiful place has. When we were looking for Durdle Door accommodation, we couldn’t find many in a decent budget, granted we were only looking about 2-3 days before driving to Durdle so a lot had already sold out. We instead considered Durdle Durdle camping, hence how we ended up at Durdle Door YHA.
The YHA not only offer dorms but private rooms as well as camping on site. The campsite only has room for about 10 tents so even that sells out quickly. You also have the option of Durdle Door campsites on the holiday park which has an area for caravans, luxury holiday homes, and camping. Other camping sites in the area include Moreton Campsite and Corfe Castle Campsite in addition to a few others a few miles away. You can compare prices on Campsites and Campsites and Caravans.
Durdle Door Accommodation – Where To Stay In Dorset
|Room / Unit Type||Room / Unit Tariff*|
|Caravan Holiday Home||from £305.00 to £810.00 per unit per week|
|Camping Pod||from £245.00 to £385.00 per unit per week|
|Tourer or Motorhome Pitch||from £126.00 to £350.00 per unit per week|
Durdle Door Weather And The Best Time To Visit Durdle Door
- March: The driest month in Durdle Door is usually March although there are about 10 days in the month when it rains.
- June: This month provides the longest days in Durdle Door where there is an average of 16 hours of daylight per day. With December having the shortest days with an average of 8 hours of daylight per day. Junes is also when you have the sunniest days in Durdle Door which has the most hours of sunshine per day with an average of 8 hours of sunshine per day, making it a sunny month with few clouds.
- July: The hottest month for Durdle Door is July when the average maximum temperature is around 22°, with minimum averages around 12°.
- August: The warmest sea water temperatures in Durdle Door Cliffs are found in August when they peak at 23° and lowest in January when they dip to 10°.
- December: The coolest month in Durdle Door Cliffs is December when the average maximum temperature is 9°, the average temperature is 5° and the average minimum temperature is 2°. December also has the least sunshine with an average of 2 hours of sunshine per day.
“The sea is best for swimming between June and December when the temperature is above 17° which is cool for swimming, shorty wetsuit may help you extend your time in the water. “
Directions To Durdle Door From London (Post Code)
Getting to Durdle from London doesn’t take long. The Durdle Door postcode to aim for is BH20 5RQ. Although this will take you to Lulworth Cove it’s easier to aim for that and then when you get close to it start using the road direction going Durdle Door camping or holiday park. The postcode for Durdle Holiday Park is BH20 5PU. We drove from London to Durdle in about 3 hrs. It really depends on when you leave or how much traffic there is.
Durdle Door Parking | Car Park
We drove to Durdle from London. The beauty of driving to Durdle Door is that the car park is only a short walk down to the beach. I believe we paid £4.50 for the day. Driving down to this beautiful part of England means that you can also easily get to Lulworth Cove in a short time. Just bear in mind that parking in Lulworth Cove is tricky as it’s popular but doesn’t have a huge car park.
Durdle Door By Train From London
You can also take the train from London which involves having to take the bus as well as the nearest train station to Durdle Door is Wool Station. The nearest railway station is Wool (on the London Waterloo to Weymouth line). Bus numbers 15 and 104 connect Wool Railway Station to West Lulworth and Durdle Door. The 15 bus operates on school days only. The 104 bus operates all year Monday to Saturday excluding public holidays.
What To Pack For Durdle Door Getaway Break
There are a number of activities in Dorset from horse-riding, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and Durdle Door walks offering some of the most stunning views. So, when it comes to packing you need to make sure you have:
- Swimming suits and trunks
- Beach towels
- Hiking or walking shoes
- Sun hats
- Light clothing