Walk 1004 - Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door

Outline Route Map Walk Grading

County/Area - Dorset

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 2.5 miles / 4.1 km

Ascent - 800 feet / 242 metres

Grade - easy

Start - OS grid reference SY821800
Lat 50.619429 // Long -2.254386
Postcode BH20 5RS (approx. location only)

Photo from the walk - Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door Photo from the walk - Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door Photo from the walk - Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door 
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This short walk includes two of the most famous features on the Dorset Coast, namely the circular inlet of Lulworth Cove and the rock arch known as Durdle Door. For a longer walk including these two features walk 2575 is a more challenging route.

The start is the main car park next to the visitor centre at Lulworth Cove(Grid ref. SY 821800). This can be a very busy place during peak times and if you prefer a quiet walk then do avoid peak holiday periods. From the car park take the broad paved path heading uphill west wards towards the coast. All the height gained on this section will be lost as you descend to Durdle Door and as you have guessed will have to be climbed again to return to Lulworth Cove.

Reaching the summit of the first hill you get the first good view of the Dorset Coast with its fine white cliffs. Stay on the main South west Coast Path to reach Durdle Door where you can descend to the beach to get a better view of the rock arch.

To complete the walk return by the outward route to the car park continuing past the information centre to reach the shingle beach of Lulworth Cove. Almost completely circular the cove provides a sheltered haven for small boats and is a pleasant place to spend some time before returning to the start of the walk.

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Accommodation nearby

Seavale Bed and Breakfast, Lulworth Cove
Bed & Breakfast - 0.1 miles / 0.2 km away
Cove House, Lulworth Cove
Bed & Breakfast - 0.4 miles / 0.7 km away
The Warwick Guest House, Weymouth
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Greenwood Guest House, Weymouth
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Millbrook Guesthouse, Swanage
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Swanage Apartment, Swanage
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Top Parts B&B, Nr Abbotsbury
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Golden Acre Holiday Properties, Eype
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La Fosse at Cranborne, Cranborne
Bed & Breakfast - 25.5 miles / 40.7 km away
Chideock Cottage, Chideock
Self Catering - 26.0 miles / 41.6 km away

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