Durdle Door – natural sea arch in England, UK

Durdle Door is one of my favourite places on the planet. It is the most beautiful creation of nature. One of the top 10 destinations in England. It is a great place for those who love walking and hiking. Highly recommended for people who love the active day out. Just keep in mind that it can be windy. Also the water is extremely cold, but it doesn’t stop people from coming to this magical place to swim.

Natural Sea Arches

Sea arches are usually formed when the waves hit the weakest part of the rocks or cliffs. At first they might form a small tunnel which later becomes a massive arch. There are many beautiful sea arches around the world. Make sure to visit some of them, if you ever have a chance. As they don’t last forever. They might collapse because of the severe weather conditions or other factors.

Durdle Door in Dorset, England was created about 10,000 years ago. It is privately owned and it is open to the public. No entry charges are applied for this iconic landmark. However parking charges apply.

Swimming at Durdle Door Beach

Hundreds of people come to this iconic landscape in summer. Most of them enjoy the sun. But some actually swim. Although the water is extremely cold. In Summer it is usually around 16-17 degrees Celsius (61-63 degrees Fahrenheit). So, if you are not afraid of cold water, you could actually swim at Durdle Door.

Just keep in mind that the place is not fully equipped for swimming. There are no lifeguards or any other facilities at the beach. Most people come here to enjoy the view and the sun. There are no cafes or restaurants at the beach. Bring your water and food with you.

Durdle Door Sunset Pictures

People come here to watch sunsets all the time. Even in winter. It is a magical phenomenon. The sun is setting in the sea over the English Channel.
It is very beautiful to watch. However, the photos of the arch during the sunset might not turn out the way you expect them to. Firstly, the arch is very dark, as the sun sets behind it. Secondly, there are almost never any clouds over the sea during the sunset. They seem to disappear every time the sun is about to set.

Postcode and Distance from London

Postcode: BH20 5PU
Distance from London: Durdle Door is located 210 km (130 miles) from London. You will need about 3 hours to get there by car. But it is worth it.

Parking at Durdle Door

Parking is available near the site. It is pay and display parking. The price for 0-2 hours is about £4. There are public toilets in the car park. And you will usually find an ice cream kiosk near the parking.

However, the most difficult part is walking back to your car, as it is up the stairs and up the hill. If you actually at the beach. But you can watch the spectacular view from the cliffs, if you don’t feel like climbing down the stairs to the sea itself.

The car park is located 25-30 minutes from the beach. You will need to walk to the cliffs and then down the stairs to get to the beach itself. So it takes some time to get there. And there is a rather steep descent down the hill.

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1 Response

  1. Olly says:

    Very nice place! Particularly at sunset. We come here very often to relax. You need to walk a bit but the scenery is worth of all efforts. Definitely it is a paradise for photographers.

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