‘Spectacular’ Dorset attraction named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the UK – ‘a must

Durdle Door beach among one of Britain's best beaches

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The Jurassic Coast of Dorset is a popular holidaying destination. One feature in particular is attracting visitors from far and wide, and now it’s been named the fourth natural wonder of the UK.

With Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door attracts more than 200,000 visitors a year.

The beautiful natural wonder will eventually erode and then disappear, but holidaymakers have “several hundreds years” before it happens.

Dr Sally Brown, geomorphologist at Bournemouth University said: “These arches are natural features in our landscape and with time they do erode and they will eventually collapse.

“Given the scale of it and how thick the arch is, it could happen in several hundreds years time.

“So, it’s inevitable but probably beyond our lifetime.”

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Dorset’s most famous landmark is privately owned by the Weld family of Lulworth Estate and located on the World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast. 

The incredible rock formations of the Jurassic Coast were formed around 25 million years ago when the Alps were formed.

Ripples from the collision that formed the mountain chain spread north and folded the rocks that would become South Dorset and Purbeck.

Durdle Door, however, is likely to be much younger, around 10,000 years old.

It was formed by the sea, which broke through the limestone of the coast and eroded the soft rocks behind to form the arch.

On Tripadvisor, Tony C said: “If you are in Dorset this is a must see.

“The Door is accessed by a steep hill from the parking area. Enjoy the stroll take in the views, you won’t regret it.”

Ian James wrote: “Nice drive down from Southampton to the Jurassic Coast, done on the spur of the moment, also took in Corfe Castle and Swanage the same day!

“The walk up from Lulworth Cove to the top of the hill is a hike to say the least!

“When you get to the top the views are spectacular you won’t regret it!

“A swift jog to the other side will take you into the crescent of Lulworth Cove where you can walk the ridge and end up overlooking the sea and get some spectacular views along the coastline.

“There is a small village type atmosphere there and a selection of shops should you wish to indulge, there is also a fish and chip shop. A must.”

Jenny C said: “British Isles at its best. Visited Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door on same car park ticket, which was a pleasant surprise.

“Stunning views at both places.”

Margaret B wrote: “Stunning! Lulworth Cove is a beautiful little village, with excellent facilities, parking and restaurants.

“You can climb the cliff all the way to Durdle Door if you feel energetic, but the climb back up is a challenge! Worth it though.” 

The UK Wonders were named by Merrell in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).


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