Hiking the South West Coast Path: Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Beyond
The English coastline is absolutely stunning. Our latest explorations took us back to the South West Coast Path to hike from Lulworth past Durdle Door and on towards West Bottom. In essence, we followed this ten-kilometre roundtrip.
Lulworth is a lot busier than Swanage so we found ourselves amongst hordes of tourists hiking up the first steep incline towards Durdle Door. If you are planning a trip here it probably makes sense to wait for the off-season as I don't want to imagine just how busy it gets in summer.
The walk starts with a steep incline but once you make it to the top you are instantly rewarded with pretty spectacular views. Behind you lies Lulworth Cove and the little village of Lulworth itself which looks peaceful from here. Just ahead the coastline spreads out in front of you.
From here, it's a short walk downhill to Durdle Door where most people are headed. There are a few great spots to take pictures and enjoy the views. Most visitors don't continue hiking West along the path.
Durdle Door is spectacular and definitely a highlight. The rock formation itself is beautiful and we were treated to bright sunshine and crystal clear waters. Off in the distance, a small dive boat was collecting a group of wetsuit divers. This is the first time I have seen some of the local divers in action. I bet they had good visibility underwater after all of the good weather we have been enjoying recently.
The next stop along the route is Scratchy Bottom - what a hilarious and very fitting name! The climb up from here towards the 98 metres high Swyre Head was my favourite part of the route. The views are unbelievably gorgeous. So great in fact that we stopped to have tea and enjoy a snack at the top while taking in all the views. Had it not been for the flies landing in our cups this would have been a very Hygge-like moment.
Our turnaround point was just shortly after the Obelisk which we could now glimpse in the distance. A lot of people stopped for Lunch here so we continued on a bit further before taking another break. We were taking it very gently but we came prepared with a hot meal that I wanted to test on a shorter hike before taking it out on our next micro adventure.
Since boil-in-the-bag meals can be very costly I wanted to see just how filling a cup-a-soup could be. They are incredibly easy to make as you only need to add boiling water to the powder. This is important for camping when you can't carry around unnecessary weight in cleaning supplies or cooking utensils. The soups tasted good and were much cheaper than our usual meals. They only warm you up, though. One soup could make a good snack but as a meal, you might want to take some cheese or maybe Salami, crackers or any other more substantial snack. Next on our list of foods to try is instant mac and cheese that also only requires the addition of boiling water.
After lunch, we turned around to go back into Lulworth and finish off at Lulworth Cove. This, to me, was the least spectacular. Lulworth Cove is full of people. I bet it's romantic when it's quiet and almost empty but to me, it was just too busy.
All in all, this was another gorgeous place along our coast. I've recently told you about the Swanage to Studland portion of the South West Coast path which is generally a bit quieter. Durdle Door is absolutely worth a visit though if you are in the area!