When I was growing up, a lot of my holidays were spent here in the UK. I did travel abroad a lot too, but I have so many memories of heading down to the south-west coast and spending the day eating fish and chips, paddling in the sea and soaking up the sun.
Then as soon as I started travelling with Darryl instead of my family, every single trip was abroad. We’ve now been to 24 places together, and only one of those was in the UK. That trip was to Cornwall last year, and it reminded me of how beautiful our country is.
So to create the feel of a mini staycation, at the end of August I surprised Darryl with a birthday trip to Durdle Door in Dorset.
Admittedly this was a bit ambitious for just a day trip, but seven hours of driving to spend a full day exploring the Jurassic Coast turned out to be well worth it. Minus the sunburn that Darryl left with.
We left home at 7.30am, fuelled with coffee and Nutella filled crepes and made our way towards the south-coast, arriving around 11am. Our first stop of the day was of course Durdle Door, so we parked up, grabbed our picnic and headed down the beach. This walk isn’t the easiest (especially in high winds!) so wear sensible shoes. And remember that you have to pay just under £10 to park for the day.
Once you’re down there, you can sit on the stony beach with a perfect view of the famous arch, or you can wander over to the Man of War Bay which sits to the left of Durdle Door. Both bays are absolutely stunning, so you won’t be in a rush to leave. And if you’re lucky with the weather like us, it’s the perfect spot to catch some summer sun.
If you fancy a walk, head back up the gravel path towards the car park (where there are also toilets and a few foodie trucks), and turn right towards Lulworth Cove. This walk will probably take you about 30-minutes. And let’s just say its considerably easier on the way down than on the way back up!
Lulworth is a gorgeous spot to get an ice-cream or some fish and chips beside the bay. You can also go on a short boat trip round to Durdle Door, which is £10 for adults and £5 for children. I can still hear the ticket guy shouting “last call for a roundtrip to Durdle Door” in his thick Dorset accent!
You can easily spend a whole day between Durdle Door and Lulworth, but we fancied stopping by Bournemouth on our way home for dinner. The day we went just happened to be the Bournemouth Air Festival, so we indulged in good food whilst watching the show above. It felt like a proper British summer’s day!
Between Cornwall last year and Dorset this year, I’m convinced we need another staycation next year – and I’m feeling Devon. If you have any recommendations of where to stay, let me know!
Have you been to Durdle Door before? What’s your favourite UK holiday location?