As soon as the *slightly* warmer weather arrived in May, we jumped in the campervan and headed off on our first camping trip of the year. Our destination? Our favourite spot – Durdle Door!
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Being on the road in our van is such a comforting feeling – knowing that everything inside has been built & converted from scratch (thanks to Tom) makes us feel at home wherever we pitch up.
We arrived at Durdle Door Holiday Park in the rain (of course!) and put up our Sheltapod as quickly as possible! The pitches at Durdle Door are large and much more private than most campsites, with electric hookup available – making it a great destination for campervan owners like us! Plus, with views over Durdle Door beach only a 5 minute walk away, you really couldn’t ask for a better location.
Whenever we visit Durdle Door, we always walk across to Lulworth Cove – so that’s precisely what we did on the Saturday morning! We donned our walking attire and set off on our stroll. If you visit Durdle Door (or Lulworth Cove), the walk to the other beach is around 30 – 40 minutes depending on how fast you walk – although it takes us much longer on the uphill return walk!
It’s a steep walk, but is worth is for the view! Even on a cloudy day, the UK has a truly beautiful coastline.
Our favourite spot for lunch at Lulworth Cove is the Boat Shed Cafe – you’ll find it right at the bottom of Lulworth, next to the beach and with beautiful views over the water. Serving up coffee, sandwiches and local fish, we always order one thing – whitebait. If whitebait is on the menu, we usually can’t resist ordering it – and the whitebait at the Boat Shed Cafe is hard to beat! Served up with a side of fries, the portion is generous and the fish is perfectly crispy.
All washed down with an iced latte. A perfect lunch, with a perfect view!
After an obligatory ice cream and a (much slower) walk back to the campsite, we lit the fire in our brand new fire pit and settled down for the evening. The walk back from Lulworth is incredibly steep, which is worth bearing in mind if you decide to do the walk yourself. Make sure to stop by Durdle Door to take in the views – and head down to the beach if you’re up for the steep walk!
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The rest of our Saturday evening was spent drinking tea, having dinner and then retreating into our cosy van to watch Friends before bed. Pretty perfect, right?
Sunday morning arrived with some very welcome sunshine, started off with a coffee. As we fully embrace the clamping lifestyle, we actually have a Tassimo inside the van – which is pretty luxurious!
All that was left to do was to relax inside before taking down the Sheltapod and packing everything away. Durdle Door was a great trip, as always, and Durdle Door Holiday Park has some very good facilities. You pay more than at other campsites, but what you’re paying for is better facilities than most, large private pitches, electric hookup and a 5 minute walk to the top of Durdle Door. It’s worth the price!
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