Durdle Door - Famous limestone arch in Jurassic Coast Dorset and Durdle Door Beach information, things to do and pictures
Durdle Door which is also written as ‘Durdle Dor’ is a natural Limestone Arch in Lulworth, Dorset. The limestone arch is accompanied by an exceptionally scenic beach with excellent quality bathing water recommended by the Marine Conservation Society. It is on the world famous Jurassic Coast which is also ranked as a World Heritage Site. The Jurassic Coast itself stretches 96 miles (155 KM) from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in East Devon to Swanage in East Dorset, England.
Durdle Door beach is one of the most scenic beaches in England and offers extraordinary bathing/fishing experience. The beach itself is tucked away fairly remote from other traditional beaches which makes it perfect for people seeking for quieter atmosphere combined with scenic beauty. The bathing beach is recommended by Marine Conservation Society for excellent water quality. It is a Shingle beach that is accessed via a steep path and over the hill from Lulworth Cove or via a short walk from Durdle Door Holiday Park car park involving steps to climb down to the beach level.
Durdle Door is privately owned by family known as Welds who own Lulworth Estate consisting of 12000 acres of land in Dorset.
Durdle Door and nearby landscape has been used in numerous films such Nanny Mcphee and Wilde and also in music videos such as Cliff Richards Saviour’s Day.
Durdle Door Limestone arch
The name ‘Durdle’ comes for the Anglo Saxon word ‘thirl’ which means a pierced hole or opeing. There are five types of rock expose in these cliffs. Each was formed underwater and later tilted as continents collided. The tough Portland Stone (the base structure of the limestone arch) was breached by the sea, creating Durdle Door and the stacks which describe the coastline of 10,000 years ago. Softer rocks behind have been washed away leaving en eroding line of Chalk Cliffs that can be seen hanging over the beach today.
In the rocks above the arch look for several holes which were the fossilised remains of the Cycad trees one grew 147 million years ago.
Safety instructions: Durdle Door is a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest, therefore, climbing is prohibited. It is extremely dangerous to climb the cliffs or to sit directly beneath them. Permits for scientific study or commercial photography can be obtained from the Lulworth Estate Office.