About Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove
Lulworth Cove is a beautiful cove on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, home to the famous Durdle Door. The name Durdle is derived from an Old English word-‘thirl’ which means bore or drill. It is a magnificent limestone rock structure which was formed around 140 million years ago. Over time, the softer rocks eroded and the remaining harder limestone formed the arch. At its tallest point, Durdle Door is 200 feet! This post gives you tips on visiting Durdle Door and (importantly!) where to have lunch before the walk from Lulworth Cove.
Where to Eat in Lulworth Cove
We parked at the largest car park in Lulworth Cove (postcode BH20 5RQ) which is minutes from the village and the start of the walk to Durdle Door. It is £10 for the day or £5 for up to 4 hours.
Lunch was essential before the steep walk to Durdle Door. We ate at The Lulworth Cove Inn which has a large outside area and a spacious, light inside dining area with cosy corners and a fireplace.
We tucked into a Hummus Cobb with rocket, beetroot, roasted cauliflower with cumin, pomegranate molasses & coriander and Grilled Lamb Kofte, coconut tzatziki, rocket, chilli, mint and pomegranate molasses. The menu also includes classics such as Fish and Chips, Beef Bourguignon and Sea Bream. The food was great, staff were friendly and the blush rose went down well!
Other dining options in Lulworth Cove that looked good were the The Boat Shed Cafe for a more casual bite right on the seafront and Lulworth Lodge for a heartier meal. The Dolls House also looked adorable selling fudge, sweets and cream teas but was closed when I visited.
The fruity raspberry sorbet from Purbeck Ice Cream (a family run business since 1988) was a perfect way to end lunch.
Visiting Durdle Door
Access to Durdle Door and the beach is on foot from the main Lulworth Cove car park. Parts are fairly steep and the walk takes around 30 minutes. The steps down to the beach are also pretty steep so wear appropriate footwear and take a water! Alternatively, you can park up at Durdle Door car park to save time.
I absolutely recommend walking along the coast as the views and scenery are just so beautiful. By the way, there are no toilets or any other facilities on the beach so prepare!
Visiting Durdle Door is a must in the UK with its stunning surroundings and plenty of villages to stay nearby, or in Lulworth Cove itself.
East London Girl: Visiting Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove
You may also be interested in reading about my other UK travels here.