Coasting along Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door

As a city dweller, I spend quite a bit of time thinking about trips to the seaside, dreaming about the salty breeze and wondering when that next trip might be. When you spend a lot of time crammed on public transport, there’s just something so liberating about standing on the shore, looking out across the ocean to a seemingly infinite horizon.

Next year, we’re getting married in Devon which means that we’ve had even more trips to the coast this year than we would normally and it’s been heaven. As we plan to return this weekend to meet our photographer, I was reminded of our last seaside trip of the summer to Lulworth Cove and that this post that had been sitting in my drafts ever since. It’s one of those places I imagine is worth visiting all year round and I felt was certainly worth breaking the blog silence to share with you.

Lulworth Cove and the neighbouring (infamous) Durdle Door are just a small part of the Jurassic Coast, which stretches for almost 100 miles across the south of England. I’ve had it on my list to visit for ages, but had convinced myself it was to far away to prioritise. So when I discovered it was just over 2 hours from our house, it was the first idea that came to mind when James and I booked in a long weekend in August to see us through to our holiday in September. This summer was one to remember and that day is one of many I’m hoping to hold on to during the dark days of winter.

We left bright and early to avoid the traffic and make sure we got a car parking spot (UK beaches are notoriously difficult during the summer!) Our reward – ample parking and an almost deserted village.

Lulworth is a lovely seaside village with a simple road right down to the cove lined with quaint cottages, ice cream stalls and traditional sweet shops, plus a few cafes. As everything was closed at that time we went straight down to the sea.

And discovered that we had the cove almost to ourselves.

It was a real treat.

And what made it even better, was that I’d been organised enough to make coffee in the morning and buy croissants for breakfast. This never happens as I’m never that organised on road trips, so it was the BEST start to the day. I think James enjoyed it too.

As the visitors started to gather we began the climb up towards Durdle Door.

It’s a relatively short walk in distance, but a pretty high climb!

Totally worth it for the views on offer.

And it’s definitely fun to watch people coasteering.

As you’d expect the Jurassic Coast is pretty spectacular in its grandeur.

And there’s something quite brisk about the British coast that makes it the perfect place to blow away all the cobwebs.

James and I don’t actually have loads of photos together (in my opinion anyway!) so I took advantage of some passers by for this one.

And then we went on our way along the cliffs.

You’ll spot the Man O’War beach first and I loved how perfectly the coast curved round. Not to mention those brilliant blues.

But the main attraction is Durdle Door.

A striking feature from up high, it naturally attracts a lot of tourists. Although clearly one of them, I couldn’t help but feel that in summer it detracted from the enjoyment of it a bit so preferred our walk just a little bit further along the coast away from the crowds.

Before deciding that we couldn’t resist one last swim in the English Channel this summer and opted to park up at the Man O’ War beach for a while.

With salty hair and sun-kissed skin we walked back to the cove for fish and chips then ice cream. A pretty idyllic summer’s day by the sea.

I would love to return this winter when I’d expect it to be slightly less busy than peak summer. I can totally imagine a crisp sunny cold day, wrapped up in layers and taking a long walk along the coast.