Discover Dorset: Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove

Having moved to the city several years back, the thing I’ve undoubtedly missed the most is the ease to the sea. Sometimes we’ll escape to the south coast of Wales, but this time we travelled further south escaping to the tranquil hills of rural Dorset and it’s beautiful Jurassic Coast.

Since relocating to the West Country, I’ve made a few journeys down to Dorset, but not nearly enough. With so many serene and hidden sights, it’s easy to see the attraction for many to the region. Pulling up to the scenic headland of Lulworth Cove I immediately felt my shoulders loosen. Wandering down the gravel track to the food shacks that stood at the entrance to the bay, my outlook brightened. Together with the family in tow, we crunched our way across the pebbled shingle to reach the water’s edge.

It was a tranquil sight, the water of the bay still, translucent like glass, few pleasure vessels floating a short distance from the shore. I dreamt that we five were following in the footsteps of one infamous Enid Blyton legacy as we traipsed up through the dunes and wild undergrowth to grace the heightened cliffs overlooking the bay. It was a most magnificent site.

Savouring the scenery, we took a few moments before navigating our route back down and strolling round the curvature of the shore to meet the cliffs on the opposing side. From here we clambered up the steep incline to meander our way along the dirt track that undulated round the coast to the iconic limestone structure known most fondly as Durdle Door.

All in all it was a brief but beautiful escape to the coast and allowed us to spend some well-earnt time away from our screens to spend time with our nearest and dearest. Visiting late in May we were blessed with ideal weather and proved hot enough given all the climbing. Have you ever visited England’s Jurassic Coast? What were the highlights for you?

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