Walking the Southwest coastal path – Durdle Door and Lulworth cove

When my Dad was alive he used to tell me stories of all the places he travelled as a lifeboat mechanic while on trials with the RNLI, one of those story was etched in my young brain, it was the story of how he steered the lifeboat through Durdle Door, he even gave me a postcard of this iconic landmark as proof of its existence and to show me that he did this amazing feat while trialling a new lifeboat in the English Channel, since then have always wanted to visit this iconic arch. As I grew older I realised it was just a story but as a young boy I had visions of him steering the lifeboat through Durdle Door on a wild and stormy day. So thanks Dad this one is for you.

Durdle Door is one of the Jurassic Coast’s most iconic landscapes. It is a natural arch, formed from a layer of hard limestone standing almost vertically out of the sea.

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