Durdle Door and Man o’War Bay are two shingle beaches separated by the famous “door”.
Where is it? About 1km to the west of Lulworth Cove.
Best Features: The rock formation called Durdle Door, is one of the most photographed and famous parts of Dorset’s coastline.
Local facilities & shops: There is a campsite 800 yards up the cliff and shops. Heritage centre and pub in West Lulworth.
Great for the kids? Although the beaches are popular with families, it takes a long walk to reach them and there is a steep descent down steps to arrive on the shingle, which may prove tricky for pushchairs and little legs. Care is needed when swimming as there is a steep underwater slope.
How far are the loos? In West Lulworth, about 1km away along the cliffs.
Parking: Cliff-top pay-and-display, entry through caravan park.
Public transport: Nearest train station is Wool. The Flexible Door to Dorset bus operates between Wool/Wareham station, Lulworth Castle, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. This is now a bookable service so people need to phone in advance 0845 6024547
How about pets? Dogs are allowed.
Other points of interest: People are advised not to climb or shelter under the cliffs as there are occasional rockfalls.
Wet weather options:
Bovington Tank Museum Visit a massive collection of almost 300 vehicles, covering the complete evolution of the tank. Tanks in action displays and armoured vehicle rides. Open daily, 10am-5pm. 01929 405096.
Athelhampton House Outstanding historic house, set in architectural gardens with history from Henry VII to Victoria. Open daily (not Fri or Sat) 10am-5pm and 10.30am-5pm Mondays (Mar-Oct). 01305 848363.