London Day Trip :: Lulworth & Durdle Door

Arnie (husband), Lucca (brother in-law), and I spent our Sunday of the bank holiday weekend in Lulworth, which is in Dorset along the south coast of England. Earlier in the week the boys tried to convince me that we should have taken a trip to the Moors (also on the list), but given it was going to be a hot and sunny day, I convinced them we should go to the coast instead!!

This part of the south coast is also known as the ‘Jurassic Coast’ not because of how dramatic the rock formations are (as I thought, dimly), but because these rock formations were created in the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. They’re hella old!!  I don’t think I realised that people kept track of how old rock formations are — I figured a rock is a rock and therefore it’s been here forever. But apparently this is a thing and these rocks are super special. And cool looking.

First we decided to check out Lulworth Cove ::


Then we stopped at one of the pubs in the village for a pint before our walk along the coast line to see the main attraction, Durdle Door. The village is tiny! I just counted the number of buildings from that picture above and I get 15?!  That’s the extent of it.

Here’s the pub & my cider, with Lucca trying some ale in the background ::


Next we wandered along the coastal path, which I must say was CROWDED on this bank holiday weekend — but we didn’t mind. Had we been there the whole weekend, the masses of people would have pushed my buttons. But for a quick trip it was okay, and it’s good people watching, hey!

Though I kid you not, the most interesting person I saw was a very fabulous middle-aged overweight man, wearing extremely tight clothes, carrying his pomeranian in his arms, while hiking on the rocks & stones with only socks on. Dude, that get up. And where are your shoes, come on!

Here are pictures of the walk along the coast before getting to Durdle Door ::


Those squiggly lines in the rocks to the right — that’s called the “Lulworth Crumple,” which I am told are sedimentary rock beds that have been lifted & twisted over the years to form those patterns (geologist friends, feel free to tell me if this is total bullsh*t ha!)

More pics from the walk ::




After we hiked up the cliffs, we came upon the most famous formation in Lulworth — Durdle Door, which was created by the sea approximately 10,000 years ago. Here are some pictures of the “door” & us in front of it (as you do)!



And finally, here is a picture of the white cliffs, which were my FAVORITE part of Lulworth and the coastal walk.


Thanks for reading to the end 🙂

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