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Campsite Review: Durdle Door

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Durdle Door

Yes, those are people jumping off the rocks

I still can’t quite believe how lucky we were to chose that amazingly sunny weekend at the start of October for a trip to Durdle Door, in Dorset. Durdle Door Holiday Park has an amazing location anyway, but in perfect weather it’s unbeatable.

We headed down on the Friday, expecting to be there just after lunch.  A huge road diversion meant that it was closer to 3 o’clock when we arrived.  The campsite operates a ‘pick your own pitch’ scheme, so we headed up to the Sea View area and grabbed ourselves a great spot. All the Sea View pitches are sloping, so you’ll definitely need levelling blocks.

We levelled up more or less, then popped on our swimming gear and zipped down to the beach for a swim. Yes, swimming in the sea on September 30th. A little, well, bracing when stepping in, but once we were in, the sea was fantastic.

Durdle Door SunsetAfter a couple of hours on the beach, we sauntered back up the cliff to the van.  The climb is steep and a bit loose underfoot, so we pootled up at a snail’s pace.  Beers outside the van as the sun went down…definitely one of those moments that explain why we all love the camper life!

The facilities on the site are clean and modern, and located in the woodland camp area.  If I’d been in a tent, I wouldn’t have been that keen on the pitches close to the shower block, as this is also right next to the bins, the gas storage area and the doggy poo bin.  But since I was in the van, none of that bothered me, and the showers and loos were all fine.

The site also has a cafe/bar but I can’t comment on that as we didn’t use it at all during our stay.  There’s a Costcutter store too, which seemed quite pricey and with a fairly modest range. The meagre offering in store could have been because it was end of the season, but by and large we didn’t feel that the shop was trying particularly hard.

The next day, we headed down to the beach again, this time favouring the Man O’War beach which is right next to Durdle Door beach.  Perfect swimming conditions and a touch of sunburn by lunchtime.  In the afternoon, we set out for Lulworth Cove, a mile or so across the clifftops.  It’s a great walk, and Lulworth itself is pretty and stacked with tea shops to tempt you and a thousand other visitors.  The walk back to camp seemed to take forever, as by that time we were dawdling.

A campsite that has enough to keep you busy for a couple of days at least, without ever having to think about driving or cycling anywhere, is a brilliant campsite in my book.  Add to the naturally fabulous location the fact that the site is well-managed and well laid-out, and you can’t fail to enjoy it here.

 

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