South West

Durdle Door & White Nothe, Dorset

  • Distance

    7 miles

    Equivalent of walking up the Eiffel Tower 35 times

  • Duration

    4 hours

  • Difficulty


  • Terrain

    Well marked cliff-top paths, very steep in places

  • OS grid reference

    SY 820 801

  • Calories burned


    Enough for a post-walk pizza

Route Info

Durdle Door is one of England’s natural wonders, and there are plenty of cliffs and coves to explore in the surrounding areas.

On the Door and White Nothe trail you can walk along well-trodden paths that have been in use since the Stone Age, with tremendous vistas over the chalk stacks and arches carved by the sea during the Jurassic period.

As you climb over the brow of one of the many hills, you are rewarded with spectacular views of the South West Coast Path snaking along the edge of the bright white limestone cliffs as far as the Isle of Portland. Look back towards Lulworth, on Bindon Hill, and you will  also be able to make out the ramparts of a huge Iron Age hill fort.

Kit List

  • Good walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Rucksack
  • First aid kit
  • Multi-tool
  • Extra food
  • Head torch
  • Don’t forget your fossil hunting kit

Did you know?

Durdle Door is approximately 140 million years old.

Route Highlight

The rock arch of Durdle Door, one of the Dorset coastline's most famous landmarks.

Where to stop

For a rewarding glass of real cider, head to The Castle Inn, in West Lulworth.