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Durdle Door - West Beach

West Lulworth, Dorset

Famous for the Durdle Door Arch. this beach is a narrow strand of mixed shingle. gravel and sand. The eastern end (Durdle Door Cove) is protected by the arch, while the rest of the beach is partially sheltered by a submerged offshore reef.

Beach Type

Shingle & gravel


Toilets are available in the caravan park with facilities for disabled people
The site also has a shop and a cafe

Nature and Wildlife

The undulating cliffs form a challenging section to the Dorset Coast Path. and its associated circular walks. To the east lies Lulworth Cove and the Isle of Purbeck. to the west is White Nothe Headland.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is occasionally affected by marine debris. The beach is cleaned every Spring as part of the Great Dorset Spring Clean. and on an ad hoc basis in the summer. Temporary litter bins are provided.


no dog bins. dogs are allowed on the beach.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Wareham Tourist Information Centre Holy Trinity Church South Street Wareham. BH20 4LU Tel: +44 (0)1929 552740 Fax: +44 (0)1929 554491


Nearest town: West Lulworth
County: Dorset
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6215, -2.2771
Postcode: BH20 5PU
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around West Lulworth, Dorset at Explore Britain.


Durdle Door is just west of West Lulworth. on the B3070 which leaves the A352 (Wareham to Dorchester road) at Holmbridge. The beach is approached by a steep 800 metre long footpath from the cliff top car park (at Durdle Door holiday park).

Public Transport

The nearest train station is Wool.

Nearest Railway Stations

Wool (Approx. 5 miles away)
Moreton (Dorset) (Approx. 6 miles away)
Weymouth (Approx. 8 miles away)
Upwey (Approx. 9 miles away)
Wareham (Dorset) (Approx. 9 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


March - October: Park at cliff top car park at Durdle Door Holiday Park (Pay andDisplay). A small winter car park is located at the entrance of the Holiday Park and is free in Winter.

Nearby Car Parks

Durdle Door, West Lulworth (Unknown stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Lulworth Cove, West Lulworth (Unknown stay).
About 1 miles away
Ringstead, Osmington Mills (Unknown stay).
About 3.2 miles away
Fishers Place, Ringstead (Unknown stay).
About 3.4 miles away
Wool Station, Wareham (Unknown stay).
About 4.8 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in West Lulworth