Friday 21 September 2018

Summer Break in Bournemouth 2018: The Beautiful Walk to Durdle Door

If there was one place I have the fondest memories of from our last trip to Dorset it would be Durdle Door and if there was one place that was my favourite this time round, it was Durdle Door.

The last time, we parked at Lulworth Cove visitor centre and because it was a long walk uphill and the weather was temperamental, we left my mum, mother-in-law and our then three children in the car and went off to take a quick look.  I lasted about 20 steps and then had to be dragged the rest of the way by my husband.  We sat at the top gazing out over the sea with my head on his shoulder, but with me secretly worrying about the lecture we were going to get when we got back, for leaving everyone for so long.

This time, I suggested we park at the top at a closer car park and save our legs.  Funnily enough, it was still almost a 20 minute walk down hill and then down a long set of stone steps onto the beach.

But what a wonderful walk it was.  We were blessed with a sunny day and fresh breeze and there is something about happy families on holiday that makes for a lovely environment.  A few people saw me taking pictures and offered to take one of me with the kids.  The views from the top were so very beautiful.

You need to be a little solid on your feet because the walk is long and the path is not always flat.  But the long walk and the careful descent down the stairs is well worth it.  At the bottom is a cove-like beach with green water and the stones that form Durdle Door nearby.

The kids forgot they were cool teenagers and descended into joyful kids.  Little Lady was tasked by her grandfather to do a photo shoot of pics to take home to Pakistan with him, he was insistent that there should be English people in the background…

The boys skimmed rocks and the babies looked for pretty stones.  Hubby decided to photo-bomb me and I just enjoyed the green water and the blue skies and my family around me.

I was dreading the walk back to the car park as it was uphill, and it took us so long to get down.  In the end it took as 30 minutes and we stopped once to give my dad-in-law a rest, but it was do-able.

If you are ever in the area, I heartily recommend making a stop in this magical place and enjoying the walk down, maybe the walk back up less so :)

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