Durdle Door
Date: 23rd June 2018 Distance: 7.97km (4.95 Miles) Parking: Durdle Door Car Park
Start Location: Durdle Door Car Park Ascent (m/ft): 354m (1161ft) Weather:


Time Started: 09:00 Highest Point: Chaldon Down (170m/558ft) Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 4 Hours 12 Minutes        
Route: Durdle Door Holiday Park - Newlands Farm - The Warren - West Bottom - South West Coast Path - Middle Bottom - Swyre Head - Scratchy Bottom - Durdle Door - Durdle Door Holiday Park

Today the weather was again set to be hot and sunny and we really wanted to do an exciting and dramatic coastal walk so the one along Chaldon Down andthe South West Coast Path to Durdle Door was our top pick. It was very busy along the coastal path and hordes of people down at Durdle Door enjoying the sunshine.

Following the bridleway above Scratchy Bottom. From what I can remember this was voted the second worst name for a place in the entire country!

The path follows the line up to Chaldon Down and near tot he beacon you can see.

Scratchy Bottom from above.

A distant view of Portland. It was about here we saw two Peregrine Falcons.

A look back along the coast and to where we have just been.

Chaldon Down getting closer. This section is definately the easiest part of the walk. It gets a little steeper later on!

Another view back along the coast. Those are a few of the hills we will be going up and over later.

One of the old navigation beacons.

One of several sculptures along the walk.

The path ahead past the second beacon and along the Coastal Path.

A wide view of the landscape.

Numerous hills to head up and over to Durdle Door.

The second beacon.

A slight descent before a more strenuous ascent.

Recent cliff collapses.

Breathtaking natural features along the coast.

Another descent followed by a steep ascent. Durdle Door not far ahead now.

The view back to Bats Hole, a small natural arche.

Durdle Door ahead. Just look at all the peaple down there...

A classic view being enjoyed by many.

The view back to the steep path and Bats Hole.

Durdle Door.

Just on the other side of Durdle Door is Man O' War. A spectacular cove also popular with visitors.

From here we drove over to Lulworth Cove for a little stroll to see Stair Hole and enjoy an ice cream in the hot weather.

Stair Hole.

Breathtaking rock formations never fail to impress.

Lulworth Cove.