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Durdle Door and Swyre Head

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Durdle Door and Swyre Head
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 07 Jul 2011 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Durdle Door and Swyre Head - Dorset Walks to enjoystar1 Durdle Door and Swyre Head - Dorset Walks to enjoystar1 Durdle Door and Swyre Head - Dorset Walks to enjoystar1 Durdle Door and Swyre Head - Dorset Walks to enjoystar0 Durdle Door and Swyre Head - Dorset Walks to enjoy
Dorset, Lulworth
Walk Type: Coastal
Durdle Door and Swyre Head
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Durdle Door and Swyre Head - Dorset Walks to enjoy boot Durdle Door and Swyre Head - Dorset Walks to enjoy boot Durdle Door and Swyre Head - Dorset Walks to enjoy boot Durdle Door and Swyre Head - Dorset Walks to enjoy
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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.

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Walk Sections

Up to Durdle Door
Up to Durdle Door

Start point: 50.6195 lat, -2.2528 long
End point: 50.622 lat, -2.2757 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.

Continue to follow the path as it bends to the right and finally reaches the famous landmark of Durdle Door (marked with an information board). Durdle Door is a natural limestone arch and is world famous in part due to its starring role in many films and music videos. It forms part of the private Lulworth Estate owned by the Welds family.

On to Swyre Head
On to Swyre Head

Start point: 50.622 lat, -2.2757 long
End point: 50.6231 lat, -2.2847 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
Across to Newlands Farm

Start point: 50.6231 lat, -2.2847 long
End point: 50.629 lat, -2.269 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.

Turn right and follow the field edge on your right and exit this field through another gate at the far end. Follow the path downhill as it widens out to a stone and grass track (with the large camp site below you on your right) all the way down to Newlands Farm.

Back to Lulworth Cove
Back to Lulworth Cove

Start point: 50.629 lat, -2.269 long
End point: 50.6196 lat, -2.2537 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.

Follow the field boundary on your left and through a gate at the end. Follow the narrow footpath as it bends slowly to the right (ignore the footpath to the youth hostel to the left) and the car park will slowly come into view. You will come to a junction with the chalk pavement steps, turn left to return to the Heritage Centre.

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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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