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|Durdle Door and Swyre Head|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 07 Jul 2011||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular walk from Lulworth Cove in Dorset taking in a beautiful stretch of the Jurassic Coast, including the famous Durdle Door, before returning through farmland. The views across the World Heritage Coast are breathtaking and you’ll be able to see the various chalk and limestone formations including coves, stacks and arches. There are no stiles (only gates) but the coast path follows undulating cliffs with several steep ascents. The inland return route follows a much gentler path, although you will share this with both cows and sheep. Approximate time 2-3hrs.|
Parking is available at the Lulworth Cove Heritage Centre pay and display car park (signed from West Lulworth). Approximate post code BH20 5RH.
|Up to Durdle Door|
Start point: 50.6195 lat, -2.2528 long
Leave the car park walking away from the Heritage Centre, pass through a gate and begin the ascent up the wide chalk paved steps that head up towards the cliff top to the west. Follow this path as it climbs steeply, making use of any breaks catching your breath to look back and take in stunning views of Lulworth Cove. Lulworth Cove is a world famous horse-shoe shaped beach and is one of the world’s finest examples of such a landform.
|On to Swyre Head|
Start point: 50.622 lat, -2.2757 long
When you have finished viewing Durdle Door you need to continue along the coast path. Ahead you will see another steep climb to the highest peak in the next few cliff heads – this is Swyre Head. (You can use the information board at Durdle Door to identify this). Take your time to climb the steep grass path to the top of Swyre Head. Again you may want to take a couple of breaks along the way, both to catch your breath and to take in the magnificent views.
|Across to Newlands Farm|
Start point: 50.6231 lat, -2.2847 long
At the top of Swyre Head turn right through a gate into a field and follow the fence on your left as it heads inland. Follow the path fork as it bends to the right and then pass through a gate on your left into another field. Go straight ahead and pass through another gate opposite – here you’ll find a map showing the local landscape formations.
|Back to Lulworth Cove|
Start point: 50.629 lat, -2.269 long
Follow the footpath as it bends right and then left through the farm buildings and then turn right down the lane into the camp site. Follow the tarmac road through the campsite and as you emerge at the other end, turn left through a gate into a field marked with a footpath sign. You are likely to come across cows here so take care with dogs.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2011 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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