If there’s one place in the UK I’d have the chance to visit once a month, that’s definitely going to be Durdle Door, in Dorset. The water so clear, it seems like you're somewhere in Thailand, or on a small island in Greece.
There’s not much I can say to describe it as it actually deserves, but I will let you judge by the pictures I’ve taken in those few hours spent there.
Driving from London is not that far, it will take approximately 3 hours, depending where your start point is and on the traffic as well. Yes, the almighty traffic. But it’s not too bad, and to be honest, I would drive for much longer if it meant I would be able to see such beauty in the end!
· Parking for up to 6 hours will cost you £5, which is not much to be honest, especially if you share the trip’s expenses with friends/family.
· Total fuel from London do Durdle Door will cost up to £45 return, depending on the type. Of course, when this is shared with someone else, you won’t feel a thing (financially)
· Bring your own lunch/dinner as it will be much cheaper and yummier to enjoy on the beach. I’ve seen people having barbecues on the beach, although I’m not 100% sure this is allowed.
· Be sure to use the toilet facilities in the camping site BEFORE going down to the beach. It will take you up to 10-20 min to go down and more to go up. And yes, there are no toilets on the beach!!
· There are no lifeguards on the beach and if you plan to swim, please be careful. Waves are quite big and strong. Don’t let your kids go alone! I’ve seen grown-ups being dragged into the waves.
· I do suggest you spend at least 5 hours in Durdle Door as there’s quite a lot to discover.
· Bring warm clothes, as the wind is crazy almost every time, especially on the top of the cliffs. On the beach is much calmer and you can even get sun tanned.
There's lots of space for camping, with public toilets and showers, which are in very good condition, and cleaned properly on a daily basis. Honestly, I would have liked to stay overnight in my own tent, have a barbeque and play board games. It seems the perfect way to enjoy that place. And there's so much more to see along the coast, you just need time. Time that we did not have as we had to drive back to London that same day.
I really hope I convinced you to put Durdle Door on top of your "To Visit" list, and if maybe you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to contact me and I will hapilly help you out!