Walking the Jurassic Coast is something that had been on my bucket list for ages. So, this August bank holiday weekend, we decided to make the most of the sunny British weather and take a trip to the Dorset coast in southwest England.
We started at Lulworth Cove, a stunning bay carved into soaring chalk cliffs. The cove consists of a pebble beach, from which you can watch small fishing boats bobbing up and down, dogs playing in the sea, and kayakers setting off into the distance. I’d recommend going as early as possible, before the crowds start to come in, as the cove had a really tranquil feel to it at this time. The glorious sunshine dazzling onto the blue waters made it even more stunning that we’d imagined.
Next to Lulworth Cove is the quaint village of West Lulworth, which has a few little shops and restaurants. Whichever flavour of ice cream you fancy, you’ll find it here! A good place to look out for is The Dolls House, which does cream tea, traditional sweets and freshly made Dorset fudge – you can’t beat it!
Next, we set off on the coastal path from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door. Although the walk itself is just 1 mile, the path is very steep and gravelly so pack your best walking shoes! Once you’ve caught your breath and reached the top, it’s easy to see why the Jurassic Coast was named the UK’s first natural World Heritage Site.
Durdle Door is a limestone arch stretching out from the cliffs across the sea. Dare to venture close to the edge you’ll see all the tiny people on the beach below, showing the sheer scale of the arch. It was amazing to see so many tourists there that had travelled from around the world to see something that we have pretty much on our doorstep! Once you’ve got all your scenery shots and selfies, be sure to sit back and take in the breath-taking views and landscape. It truly is a place of beauty.
Overall, I can confidently say that the coastal walk from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door is one of the most stunning walks in the south of England. Well worth a visit if you haven’t already!