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Walk 3: Durdle Door & Scratchy Bottom

Poole Harbour Guide is a free independent guide to Poole, Sandbanks, Studland, Swanage, Corfe Castle & Purbeck


All the photos below were taken on the 22 July 2012. This is quite a difficult walk with plenty of steep climbs. There are no facilities along the way so take enough water and some snacks, sensible shoes, a rain jacket and sun protection lotion.


Durdle Door Dorset

Durdle Door Dorset

Durdle Door Dorset

Start the trek at the Durdle Door car park (you have to pass through the Caravan Park)

2 to 4 hours 4 car park fee - bring the exact change.

Car park. Try to arrive early as it get get very full in the summer after midday.

Follow the path down to the coast from the bottom left hand corner of the car park.

Durdle Door Dorset

Durdle Door Dorset

Man O War Bay near Durdle Door

Follow the signs downhill towards Durdle Door, you can't miss it

The path is steep and uneven. Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs/buggies

The first view you get is of the Man O War bay.

Man O War Bay panoramic photo (near Durdle Door)

Man O War Bay. You can just see the Durdle Door arch on the other side of the peninsular. The only access to this bay is via very steep steps.

Durdle Door Panoramic Photo

Panoramic view of Durdle Door arch and beach. 

Durdle Door Panoramic Photo

Durdle Door beach. This photo was taken at about 10am in the morning just before everyone started to arrive.

Man O War Bay near Durdle Door Dorset

Durdle Door Dorset

Durdle Door Beach

Bathers on Man O War beach

Durdle Door

You can see the path on the right.

Durdle Door Baech

Durdle Door

The path up to Swyre Head

Just keep following the coastal path to White Nothe. To the right is a valley called Scratchy Bottom!

View back towards Durdle Door from Swyre Head.

View towards Bat's Head

Bat's Head

View from top of Bat's Head peninsula looking west towards White Nothe.

View from top of Bat's Head peninsula looking east towards Durdle Door.

Downhill to Middle Bottom.

Keep following the stone markers to White Nothe

The path climbs to above West Bottom where you'll see an obelisk (also marked as a beacon on the OS map)

Continue past the concrete navigation obelisk

The path continues towards White Nothe

View looking back to the obelisk.

About 400m past the obelisk you will find a marker. Turn right and follow the directions towards Dagger's Gate.

Pass through a gate and keep to the left of the field.

Follow the path round until you are walking back in an easterly direction walking parallel to the coast (heading back towards Durdle Door)



You'll pass three enclosures, two of while contain stone shell sculpures.


There isn't a clear path from here. You can easily see the Durdle Door caravan park from here.

The sign to Scratchy Bottom!!

Durdle Door campsite. Keep to the left of the valley for another 400m before dropping down to enter the caravan park. Don't walk directly towards the caravan park as the route down the hillside is very steep.

Scratchy Bottom Valley to your right.

Cow's Bottom.

The path contours the hillside and then drops down towards the caravan park. The are numerous routes to the caravan park so you won't get lost. There is a shop, cafe & car in the caravan park that are open to the public.








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