East Dorset Landscape Photography Locations
Car Park BH20 5PU
Durdle Door Caravan Park is privately owned so access is restricted outside unsociable hours but there is a small coach park just outside gates so this can be used when gate is closed. When open there is a pay & display car park at the far end of the caravan park for several hundred cars. The beach is a short walk (10-15 mins) from the car park down a VERY steep hill.
Durdle Door is maintained by the Lulworth Estate and following the landslide of the 2013 Winter, the steps to the beach have now been fully restored so access is now much easier and safer. From the steps you can access Durdle Door beach to the right (West) and Man ‘O’ War Cove to the left (East). Both offer fantastic photo opportunities.
Durdle Door beach is a shingle beach made of lovely orange coloured shells and stones, which contrasts beautifully with the blue sea and sky, and compliments well with the orange rocks and green foliage around the bay.
Large skies and long exposures are popular, with sweeping panoramic shots taking in the curve of a receding wave looking towards the rock arch itself. Sunrise is behind the rock arch of the Door and sunset is over the sea or nearby Bat’s Head cliffs. Opportunities are available all year round with sunrise and sunset positions, be sure to check tide times for Lulworth Cove online at www.tidetimes.org.uk to try and coincide sun positions and tide times for the shots you require.
Durdle Door is one of those locations where it is harder to take a bad shot that a good one. It is just naturally photogenic and offers near perfect compositional elements. Instantly recognisable even by people who have not visited, a location not to miss.
Below are a few of my own images made at this location.