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Dorset Walk
Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door

County/Area - Dorset

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 2.5 miles / 4.1 km    Ascent - 800 feet / 242 metres

Time - 2 hours 0 minutes    Grade - easy

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Walk Route Description

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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 westwards 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.


Other walks nearby

Walk 1329 Durdle Door & White Nothe from Lulworth Covemoderate7.0 miles
Walk 3389 Bindon Hill and the Fossil Forest from Lulwortheasy/mod4.0 miles
Walk 2568 Egmont Point & Kimmeridge Bay from Tynehammoderate14.0 miles
Walk 1533 Gad Cliff & Povington Hill from Tynehameasy/mod4.5 miles
Walk 2575 Durdle Door & Lulworth Covemoderate10.0 miles

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Accommodation Nearby

Cove House
Lulworth Cove
0.4 miles / 0.7 km away
The Warwick Guest House
Weymouth
8.7 miles / 14.0 km away
Kelston Guest House
Weymouth
8.7 miles / 14.0 km away
Mobile Homes 4u - Static Caravan Hire
Weymouth
9.1 miles / 14.5 km away
Greenwood Guest House
Weymouth
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