Look at this view, this is Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door in Dorset.
One sunny day in the half term we headed off to see Durdle Door, which is a beautiful arch that has formed in the sea. Tyler is becoming a little History and Geography buff now since starting secondary school and is enjoying finding out new things about our history and the world around us.
This Durdle Door, it was said that it was created around 25 million years ago, when the African tectonic plate collided with the European plate. The pressure of this, heaved and folded the rocks to create the Alps. Ripples spread and gently folded the rocks at Durdle Door. Where the rocks layers have been tilted and the sea broke through, it has washed away the softer rocks behind. This created the arch, cove and the stunning coastline around Lulworth Cove.
I found this fascinating to see, how nature has created something by its self, and also how long ago this was done!
If you are going with the kids and their little legs you may want to park at the top of the hill. This is situated in Durdle Door Holiday park, with parking in a field at the top. At the time parking costs were reasonable, we only spent a couple of hours there and that went by very quickly.
The path in the picture above is the path you walk down! It was 700m and a 45% degree drop, so make sure you can cope with that. Don’t slip over like I did! Ended up with bruised knees and a bruised pride!!!
Also make sure you have time to get back up again at a slower pace, Sofia did struggle a little with the effort required to climb back up the hill, however we got there was some encouragement!
Once you get down the hill, you haven’t made it to the beach yet, here is a lovely viewing point and where the photo earlier of the 3 of them was taken. As well as this selfie!
I tried to get a better picture, took my tripod but it was really busy and not really easy to take a photo with everyone around us. I had to crop a lady out on the above photo!
Once you have taken in the view, and stopped worrying about the edge and the drop with the children, you walk down lots of deep steps to take you down to the shingle beach. This is where you can get up closer to the Durdle Door arch.
The shingle beach is very steep in parts, you can’t see it in my pictures, it gave mine much fun and enjoyment falling down the slops of shingle! However do be a little careful of them as the waves are really big in places and go back out with some force. We saw one man rush to grab a little boy before the waves took his feet out from underneath of him! However they were walking along the waters edge, and I think the man was a local so knew the strength of the waves!
Tyler found the biggest rocks to climb on!
Then to sit down on and watch the waves, he was so peaceful and thoughtful. I wondered what he was thinking about…..I like think it was lovely and meaningful, but as a 11 year old boy it was probably the next stage of his computer game!
Berkley loved running around on the shingle hills.
We sat down on the beach and had a little snack, and watched the huge waves crashing against the walls of the arch. Next time we will bring out lunch down and have a proper picnic.
Then it was time to walk back up the huge hill and steps to the car!