Durdle Door Location: a natural wonder
Durdle Door is a world-famous natural rock arch and a beautiful secluded cove; they exist because of the collision of continents and the birth of the Alps. If you visit the Durdle Door location and Lulworth Cove, and you pay close attention to the formation then you will notice that the layers exposed in the cliffs are shifting dramatically to the north. One of the most fascinating things about Durdle Door is that it is formed from a layer of hard limestone that stands almost vertically out of the sea, while normally these layers of limestone are horizontal. Only an extraordinary force in geology could have caused these rocks to form in this way; this force is the shifting of plate tectonics.
Geological changes that created Durdle Door
It is estimated that 25 million years ago the African tectonic plate collided with the European plate and the enormous pressure that was created shifted rocks to create the mountain range that are nowadays known as the Alps. The effects of that collision was felt in south Dorset as well, and folded the rock into what would become south Dorset.
Durdle Door is situated at the centre of one of folds, where the rock layers stand vertically. The cove and the coastline where Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove meet were created when the hard limestone was eroded by the sea and it washed away the softer rocks behind it creating the arch.
They are also a part of the Jurassic Coast Durdle Durdle Door has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001; it stretches all the way from Old Harry’s Rocks near Swanage in the east to Orcombe Point near Exmouth in the west.
You can reach the beach by descending a path with steps from Hambury Tout from West Lulworth. The coast and the cove are opportune places to find fossils on the shingle beaches for miles in either direction, and attracts over 200,000 walkers annually, who use the route between Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door location, making it the busiest part of the South West Coast Path. Visitors travel from all over the world to view this famous rock formation; it’s uncommon to find such wonders around the world, and it is especially rare to find one this accessible to the public.
The Lulworth stone archway
The archway was once probably the entrance to a series of caves along the coast. Examples of stumps are located close by in the row of tiny rocky islets in the neighbouring Man O’ War Bay; from this we can ascertain that one day Durdle Door will be fated for the same future after it’s erode away. The islets in the bay are made up of Purbeck and Portland limestone called the Bull, the Blind Cow, the Cow, and the Calf.
Visitors can see Durdle Door from the sea with a boat service that runs between April to October and is a fantastic way to see the stone formation and coastline. Facilities are limited at Durdle Door itself because it is a natural beauty spot.
Durdle Door has been featured in a multitude of films such as Nanny McPhee and Wilde, adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd in the 1960’s. It’s also been used as a backdrop in music videos like Cliff Richard’s ‘Saviour’s Day’, Billy Ocean’s ‘Loverboy’ and, probably the most famous, Tears for Fears’ ‘Shout’.
This landmark can be found along the South West Coast Path not far from Hambury Tout, and west of Lulworth Cove. The arch and beach belong to the Lulworth Estate.
Durdle Door location is popular with visitors because it’s an exemplary representation of a natural stone arch, as well as being a fantastic spot to watch the sea and skies. It’s the perfect photo opportunity; don’t forget to bring your camera!
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