Durdle Door Camping In Dorset + 5 Things To Do on The Jurassic Coast

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One of the passed summer weekends we set off for a little Durdle Door camping in Dorset. The UK has some pretty amazing places, one place we have been meaning to explore Dorset.  Durdle Door weather was set to be so warm so perfect timing for checking out outdoor activities in the area while the weather was playing ball. If you are one of those that visit the UK and only go as far as London then you are missing out on stunning countryside towns that come with amazing views. A visit to Dorset’s Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast is one you have to add to your list when you visit the UK.

 

This beautiful limestone arch is called Durdle Door and is located in Dorset, which is in South-East England on a beautiful coast that is now known as Jurassic Coast on a count of the number of fossils found in the region. A visit to Durdle Door Beach any time of the year is great but even better when the weather is better. I will provide details on Durdle Door weather periods you may want to consider visiting. In addition to checking out Durdle Door from London, also consider adding some of the stunning places in the UK I have had the pleasure of exploring; East Sussex, Thorpeness, Snowdonia, Gloucester, or  Portsmouth, just a short list of places to inspire your explorations of Great Britain.

 

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Durdle Door Camping - 5 Things To Do on Durdle Door Jurassic Coast | Durdle Door postcode
About 2 weeks ago, we ventured off to the Jurassic Coast, mainly because I wanted to do the Durdle Door walk to Lulworth Cove, another stunning location in Dorset perfect for chilled spring and summer getaways. It sits on privately owned land but accessible to the public. The Jurassic Coast is a now a World Heritage Site on the English Channel coast of Southern England. It stretches out for nearly a 100 miles. So plenty of trails for hiking! It’s about 3 hrs drive from London but easily accessible by train as well.

 

Jurassic Coast is one of UK’s popular destinations in Britain for many Britons, but not many tourists venture out to this part of England, which such a shame. If you didn’t know, now you know about it! Whether you are after fossils, hiking, cycling, kayaking, paddle-boarding with plenty of Durdle Door campsites and holiday parks nearby. You may just want a chill out weekend to take in the views of the coastline, there is plenty to and take in the area. Below are plenty of pictures of Durdle Door, directions and activities to inspire you to visit this stunning countryside.
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Durdle Door Walks + Things To Do On 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.

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Durdle Door Camping - 5 Things To Do on Durdle Door Jurassic Coast | Durdle Door postcode

 

 

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.

 

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Durdle Door Accommodation – Where To Stay In Dorset

As I mentioned above, right by Durdle Door you will find a Durdle Door Holiday Park with caravans with a variety of different options for accommodation right by Durdle Door beach. We booked at the YHA camping but if you book Durdle Door accommodation early enough you should be able to save money too on the variety of accommodation available. Most of the hotels, guest houses and inns can be found in found in West Lulworth and Lulworth Cove. Check out the links to read reviews and compare prices.  Below is a guide price of the accommodation options at Durdle Door holiday park which also has a shop, bar, restaurant, and takeaway on site.

 

Room / Unit TypeRoom / Unit Tariff*
Caravan Holiday Homefrom £305.00 to £810.00 per unit per week
Camping Podfrom £245.00 to £385.00 per unit per week
Tourer or Motorhome Pitchfrom £126.00 to £350.00 per unit per week
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Durdle Door Weather And The Best Time To Visit Durdle Door

By  far the best time to visit Durdle Door weather-wise is in May, June, July and August:
  • 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. “

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 Durdle Door Dorset | 5 Things To Do In England's Jurassic Coast | Durdle From London
 Durdle Door Dorset | 5 Things To Do In England's Jurassic Coast | Durdle From London

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.

 

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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
  • Suncream
  • Light clothing

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. September 10, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    Yasss! So gorgeous, and you are too! Hope to get there someday soon. Hopefully next year sometime 🙂

  2. Darby
    December 19, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    This place is amazing. I had no idea England was this beautiful. Putting Durdle Door on my itinerary.

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