Durdle Door is a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth. It is the largest natural arch in south-east England and was naturally formed approximately 10,000 years ago. It’s an extremely popular tourist attraction and was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1987 because of its geological significance. Durdle Door has long been one of the most famous and most photographed landmarks in the UK.
The best time to visit is between September and May when there are fewer visitors as it gets particularly busy during the summer months. Many visitors arrive by road and park in the local pay and display car park. However there are some spectacular views from the South Coast Path and you can arrive on foot from neighbouring areas, but be warned, the paths can be very steep.
The beach is made mainly of small pebbles and water quality is excellent if you fancy a swim out to the Door but be careful as Durdle Door beach shelves sharply into the water.
In addition to Durdle Door, Kimmeridge Bay, Worbarrow Bay, and Chapman’s Pool are all beautiful, destinations in the nearby area that are noteworthy and a little less busy too.