A World away, Camping in Durdle Door, Dorset

You don’t have to travel far, to have an Adventure!

This is something I have learnt a lot of since returning to live back in the UK, 2 years ago (already).

I have moved four times within England since my return, and in the New Year, I will be moving again – hopefully for the last time; for a while at least.

All this moving, has got me seeing more of England in general, and I’ve come to realise that there are some incredible places to discover.

With that in mind, I’d like to share with you one of the top locations I’ve managed to adventure to this year.

Durdle Door, is a privately owned and natural landmark situated in the South West Coast of England, in an area known as the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage site, and for the first time in many years, I went camping.

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I first visited Durdle Door as a child, on a family holiday, and my most vivid memory of that holiday, was a lot of walking. I then revisited it for my 25th birthday, with my sister, and again discovered that there was indeed a lot of walking.

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On this trip, I decided to camp at the Durdle Door Holiday park, as it was within a short walking distance to the Durdle Door Landmark, which made the 4am wake up call to capture the sunrise all the more easier.

Sunrise captures at 4.30am
Sunrise captures at 4.30am

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Camping at Durdle Door Holiday Park 

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Having driven the 3 hours from West Sussex, to the Jurassic Coast, on what was one of the hottest days of the year, we were quite pleased to be sleeping outside.

The cost of the tent pitch for the site was £38 per night and we stayed 2 nights. This included the option to park our car on site.

On site facilities

The site is home to some wooden camping pods as well as mobile homes (static caravans), so if you are not into camping, then you will find some comfort in these options.

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For those camping, there is a large hut for hot showers, and a toilet block, which is clean and well maintained.

There was an area to BBQ food, as well as wash up, and a large freezer, so that you could freeze ice blocks to cool your food.  The nearest large town was 10 miles away (which we cycled to on one occasion), but there is also an on site shop to buy small supplies, or a restaurant, if you do not wish to cook.

Things to do at Durdle Door 

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Walking

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As well as taking a stroll down the hill to the landmark, which is a must see both in the morning and evening,  the Jurassic Coastline is stunning, and is postcard perfect at every turning.

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You can take a wander over the hill, which is quite a walk to nearby Lulworth Cove, which is a slightly bigger village, with some more accommodation options, restaurants, tourist shops and tea rooms.

On the hill overlooking the harbour is a great spot for watching the sunset.

Sunset at Lulworth Cove
Sunset at Lulworth Cove

Cycling 

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Although rather hilly, if you are into cycling then taking a bicycle with you on your trip is worthwhile. We cycled from the holiday park to the nearest larger town of Wareham, a mere 20 miles, there and back. It was a beautiful ride, if not quite exhausting.

Lulworth Castle 

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Many of my trips involve a Castle, and this trip was no exceptions. Lulworth Estate boasts a beautiful Castle (though it does not have a moat!) and is set amongst stunning gardens and grounds. The weekend we visited had free entry, as there was essential maintenance taking place, so we picnicked in the sun, and played a but of mini pitch and putt on the lawn.

 

If you are seeking adventure, stunning scenery, great Cream Teas and heritage sites, then you need to take a trip to Durdle Door. It is a place that I will definitely be returning to

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