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Walk 1004 - Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door


County/Area   Dorset
AuthorLou Johnson
Length2.5 miles / 4.1 km
Ascent800 feet / 242 metres
StartOS grid reference SY821800
Lat 50.6188405315019 + Long -2.25330574531532
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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