This outstanding location was looking spectacular for the spring season re-visit. A bright morning, with azure blue sky and sea, framed the limestone rock of Durdle Door itself and the sea lapped against a bleached white beach. The high vantage point, afforded by the approach from the cliffs above, allowed a view of the recent dramatic landslide between here and Lulworth Cove, which you can see in my scene setting film. Interviewee Gabriel’s opening remark sums up this beach and location perfectly.
What Durdle Door means to Gabriel.
Man o’ War Bay and Durdle Door, as seen from the high ground between them.
The sweeping beach at Durdle Door was once three coves. Despite the lack of facilities, over 200,000 walkers use the path between here and Lulworth Cove, making it the busiest stretch on the South West Coast Path. Durdle Door is one of the most photographed landmarks along the Jurassic Coast. This rock arch in the sea was formed as the softer rocks were eroded away behind the hard limestone, allowing the sea to punch through them. Eventually the arch will collapse to leave a sea stack.
Des’ view of the beach as a stress reliever.
On the waterline at Durdle Door in West Lulworth, on a bright day.