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Contributor: lobsterboy
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Durdle Door is a very popular location with photographers. The Door is a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast near West Lulworth in Dorset.

The Door itself is part of a promontory jutting out to sea separating Man’o war bay from the main bay containing the door.

Getting there

Take the A352 through East Knighton then follow the signs to Durdle Door. The route to the door goes through the Durdle Door Caravan Park to a parking place at the top of the cliffs. The parking is a pay and display, but if you arrive for the dawn in the summer you can leave before the charges come into effect.

From the parking walk down following the main path to the door which eventually arrives at the top of the steps leading down to the two bays. If you are arriving in the dark I strongly recommend taking a torch or head torch with you as the steps are very uneven and some are so narrow that it is difficult to get your foot on them.

What to shoot

The Door makes for a great subject, I am told by locals that at certain times of the year, it is possible to get an image of the sun rising through the arch of the door, working out the timing of this is left as an exercise for the reader.

The beach shelves quite steeply, so it is possible to get close to the water without any danger of the incoming tide swamping your gear.

For a new approach, why not get there at night and take a big torch, the try painting with light on the door. It might work!

At the top of the steps you can get views of both bays. I found that to get the full sweep of the bay needs a very wide angle lens (10mm EFS).

Well worth visiting with (or without) your camera.

Durdle Door Images

The door  from the ridge between bays.
The Door from the beach
Flotsum on the beach providing a (very) vivid foreground.
Man O'War Bay from the ridge between bays.


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