Exploring Dorset – Durdle Door Beach

The weather took an unexpected turn for the better this week, and considering it’s late October, we were walking around in t-shirts some of the time. Hubby had an unexpected day off so we decided to go and explore a little bit of the countryside.

Wanting to take Lola with us, we researched some local dog friendly beaches, and set off to explore Durdle Door beach, West Lulworth. Miss A had been completing a project on the Jurassic Coast last term at school, so she was very excited to see Durdle Door, the natural limestone arch in person rather than just the pictures she had been used to.

Durdle Door is a World Heritage site, privately owned by a family who own 12,000 acres in Dorset in the name of the Lulworth Estate.

Parking at Durdle Door is next to Durdle Door holiday park. You have to drive through the holiday park to reach the car park on the other side.
Once parked at the top of the cliff, we saw how amazing the views really were. Being such a nice day, and despite a little haze on the horizon, you could see for miles.

Thinking of staying in the area? Check out pet friendly places to stay near the beach in the South West.

We started the descent down the south west coastal path towards Durdle Door beach. It’s quite steep to go down to start with before it levels off and then becomes rocky and steep again. It’s probably not a visit for less abled people which is a shame.

durdle door beach

You have the choice of going down to the west beach where you can see the door rock formations, or the east side which is a little bigger. We opted for the east pebble beach as the path was smoother with steps going down. To get down to the west side was a little more natural and we weren’t sure if we’d make it down with the dog.


durdle door beach

The beauty of Durdle Door beach was that Lola couldn’t really get into too much mischief off the lead. We did manage to lose a frisbee in the sea as she didn’t seem to want to have a swim, but she enjoyed catching a ball and dipping her feet in.

There was quite a lot of other dogs around, so we have to be a little more controlled. I didn’t realise it would be so busy, but I guess with the weather so warm, everyone was out.

durdle door


Miss A did some exploring, looking for some fossils, and attempting skimming of stones. We had a little explore of the beach and more looking at the stunning views before making the big walk back up the coast path. It’s a steep hill going up and down and all our hearts were pumping when we made it back to the car.

Just a short walk from Durdle Door is Lulworth Cove, and if you felt like a trek, you could venture across the south-west coastal path for an hour and a half towards Ringstead Bay.

I have been exploring a lot more of the south-west coastal path since I signed up to walk 22 miles in aid of Macmillan Cancer in July 2017. Dorset is a beautiful place to visit.

Related Post – Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door Walk

Exploring Durdle Door beach




  1. November 1, 2014 / 12:13 pm

    Oh wow, what a gorgeous place, looks like a lovely day out. It’s amazing how mild the weather has been! #CountryKids

    • spicers1976
      November 2, 2014 / 8:39 pm

      If you get the chance to visit you really should.

  2. November 2, 2014 / 3:37 pm

    Looks like a lovely day out, great weather and fabulous scenery!

    • spicers1976
      November 2, 2014 / 8:38 pm

      All of it was lovely, I’ll definitely go back again

  3. November 3, 2014 / 4:40 pm

    What a beautiful beach. Did you find any fossils?

  4. November 4, 2014 / 9:14 pm

    Oh I love Durdle door, brings back happy memories of time there and at Lulworth cove 🙂 looks like you had a lovely time 🙂

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