Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door

Lulworth Cover and Durdle Door are two of the best known features of Dorset's Jurassic Coast. This short walk includes some uphill walking but the path is good and well graded.

Technical sheet
No. 292926
A West Lulworth walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 04/04/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h20[?]
Distance Distance : 2.07mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 436ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 436ft
Highest point Highest point : 328ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 69ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : West Lulworth
Starting point Starting point : N 50.620451° / W 2.253519°
Download : -
Durdle Door arch viewpoint Durdle Door beach / cliff view


(D/A) 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.

(1) 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.

(2) 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(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 69ft - Car park
1 : mi 0.43 - alt. 292ft - Good view
2 : mi 1.03 - alt. 92ft - Durdle Door
D/A : mi 2.07 - alt. 69ft

Useful Information

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.

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 4/5

on Mon 06 May 2019 09:42:20 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 15/04/19
Description quality : Good
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Good

We did the walk but couldn’t print the map as I’d opened it on my iPad so couldn’t open it on the main computer. It kept telling me to log in and wouldn’t show the map?

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