Saturday 18 April 2009

Walk from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door, Dorset

From the Lulworth Cove car park (£3 for two hours) in a sloping green field, you can join the steady stream of casual walkers hiking west up a steep wide stony path towards Durdle Door. After a tough, but short, climb you reach a grassy knoll with dramatic views of the jagged white cliffs and coves of the so-called Jurassic Coast - a fine, if rather public, spot for a picnic. From there a path keeps a safe distance from the cliffs and a caravan park, while heading down towards the small beaches around Durdle Door - an eye catching archway in a cliff jutting out into the sea. On the way you pass a small tractor-drawn kiosk selling refreshments. The round trip is only a couple of miles, but the steep climbs will make sure you get plenty of exercise. Back in the car park, you can admire the white-washed thatched cottages of Lulworth Village or browse around the Heritage Centre. 7/10