Exploring Southern England – Part 3

For the last day of my family’s visit, I had another trip planned. This time we went to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Just like on the previous days, it was sunny, warm and the sky was blue, perfect conditions for another hike.

When we got to the parking lot at Lulworth Cove, we realised that we sure hadn’t been the only ones to come. Many cars were already there, and many more were coming still.

Lulworth Cove

From the small headland, we had a nice view over the whole cove.

We headed off from the car park, past a few little houses with shops in them, and down to the pebble beach. There we took a left turn and slowly meandered across the beach. We decided to head up to the small headland, that enclosed the cove from one side.

From there, we enjoyed the views all around. Eventually, we crawled down a steep slope to an end of the beach that was empty. On our butts, we made it down safe. From there, we slowly walked back, taking a break to eat and I even dipped my feet into the water. Although the weather let you forget that it was March still, the cold sea water certainly reminded me of it!

After strolling back across the beach, we decided to take a break in the shade and eat some ice cream. It really was incredibly warm and sunny, we were wearing t-shirts in March!

Durdle Door

On the way from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door, the rugged coastline of the Jurassic Coast came into view.

From Lulworth Cove, we decided to hike to Durdle Door along the coastline. From the car park, the path led up some steps to the top of a hill. On a beautiful day like that, dozens of people were populating the path, so that was no quiet walk. After reaching the top of the hill, path became flat again and soon Man O’War Bay and Durdle Door came into sight.

When we reached the cliffs just above Durdle Door, we looked down. The stairs to the beach just attached to the limestone arch were crowded already, with plenty more people on the beach. Instead of going down, we decided to hike along the Jurassic Coast further on the coastal trail and enjoy the views from there.

The unique rock formation Durdle Door attracts many visitors.

As soon as we left the part off the cliffs immeadiately at Durdle Door, the trail became quieter already. We sat down in the grass, relaxed in the fresh breeze and enjoyed the view of the famous rock.

Ahead of us, we saw the trail going up and down over rolling hills. Apparently that awakened my dad’s competitive spirit and he wanted to reach the top of the next big hill. So off we went, and suddenly the trail was virtually empty as soon as we were on the steep slope of that hill. It was exhausting to get up there, but once we had done it, the beautiful views rewarded us.

As we walked on, the rock formation Bat’s Head came into sight.

To the rear, we had a stunning view of Durdle Door. To the front, we saw Bat’s Head, a white chalk cliff protruding from the rest of the coast line. Feeling a rush of adrenaline after this steep hill, we decided to head on. The path led into a little valley. Down the massive chalk cliffs, we saw an emtpy beach. It would have been nice to go down there, but there was no path leading down from the clifftop.

Instead we slowly meandered onwards and up the next hill again. Once again, stunning views opened up from the top with the White Nothe appearing not too far away. It seemed so tempting to just carry on and on along the Jurassic Coast, but it was afternoon already. We decided to stop there and slowly head back. Once we walked past Durdle Door again, the path was incredibly full again.

On the way home, we made a stop in the New Forest to have a lovely dinner at the end of the day, before driving the last miles home.

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