Last year, I found myself exploring one of the most beautiful destinations in England – The Jurassic Coast. Situated on the English Channel coast of Southeast England, it is an easy day trip from London. You can take a train from the city center to Wool (London Waterloo to Weymouth Line) and take a bus straight to the site. I opted to do a Bus Tour with Discover Dorset Tours, there are also 3 bus services to West Lulworth for Durdle Door (numbers 30, X55 and 104). The bus tour company was great since they pick you up from the train station and also bring you back at the end of the day without having to wait for the public transport bus.
If an easy hike and beautiful coast is what you are looking for, this is the place for you. Lulworth Cove is located near the entrance. You will hike up a hill and take in the breathtaking view of the ocean, the curving rock formations as well as the pool that has formed in between the hill and ocean.
Continue your walk to the Stairway Hole where you will find fishing boats and other visitors taking in the sun along the beach.
The hike to Durdle Door is much longer. You will pass the parking lot and hike up a hill where you will be welcomed by the beautiful scenery of the Jurassic Coast’s crystal clear blue waters that will make you want to take a plunge, but don’t be fooled. Even in the summer the water is still chilly, however don’t be deterred – take a plunge and cool off from that hike.
As you get closer to Durdle Door you will immediately see the famous arch. You can walk down the stairs and relax on the beach or continue the hike further out to see more of the coast. Either way you wont be disappointed. The Jurassic Coast with Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove is a definite must as a weekender trip when in England. So the next time you’re in town, make sure to visit!