Durdle Door is one of Dorset’s most photographed landmarks and is visited by around 200,000 visitors annually. The extraordinary limestone formation is located on the Lulworth Estate in South Dorset on the southern English chalk coast, also known as the Jurassic Coast. The coastline is of such international geological importance that it was declared a Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. Durdle Door is now one of the world’s natural wonders, along with the Grand Canyon in America and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and is a landmark of the Jurassic Coast. The property, which is part of the approximately 50 square kilometer Lulworth Estate, is privately owned by the wealthy Welds family.
Name of the attraction
Durdle Door’s magnificent natural limestone arch was formed when the force of the waves washed away the rock and forged a hole through the center. The name “Durdle” is therefore derived from the old English word “thirl”, which means “to drill”.
Durdle Door is right on the South West Coast Path, which is ideal for long-distance hiking in southern England. The beach is recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for excellent water quality. Bathing is sometimes possible, but the beach is very steep in some places. Vacationers should therefore supervise their children at all times. Also because there is no lifeguard. We recommend visiting the landmark between October and April when the beach and streets are quieter and quieter. However, if you want to visit the area during peak summer, you should use public transport, or come on foot or by bike. By the way, the best time of day is early morning or late evening if you want to be sure of getting a parking space.
Little Bibury – a place to stay
Magnificent country houses and churches, honey-colored stone buildings surrounded by ivy, narrow streets in a fragrant sea of roses, old walls with wild flowers – in the rolling hills of the eastern Cotswolds province Bibury enchants with an extraordinary charm.
Dreamy, lovely, unmistakable – in the fairy village
In the lovely countryside of southern England, Bibury is undoubtedly one of the most romantic places in the English Midlands. In the fairytale village shrouded in legend, time seems to have stood still. The famous Victorian designer William Morris once described the place as “the prettiest village in the Cotswolds.” Everywhere you look, Bibury seems to have come out of a picture book. On the River Coin, not far from the market town of Burford, visitors immerse themselves in a fairytale English past. Between blooming rose bushes and fragrant lavender, travelers walk in the footsteps of bygone times and enjoy extraordinary moments.
A magical journey into the past
Arlington Row is a must see. From here there is a wonderful view of the water meadows and the river. The path leads over a beautiful stone bridge. Quaint huts with steeply sloping roofs and an unmistakably English charm line the street. The graceful cottages date from the 16th and 17th centuries. In the early morning, when it is still very quiet on the streets, you can breathe history here. Not far is the Bibury Trout Farm with countless rainbow trout. The restaurant spoils its guests with fresh trout dishes. If you like, you can catch the coveted fish yourself.
Fairytale England – between British charm and cosiness
The delightful center of Bibury is home to an old mill that, like a hundred years ago, turns grain into flour. On the other side of the river, the village is grouped around the church of St. Mary. Some remains of Saxon origin date from the 8th century. The oldest hotel in town is no less impressive. The former inn from the 17th century is now the charming Swan Guesthouse. In the south of England, the charming village surprises with countless magical moments.
A visit to Bibury is filled with magic and creates unforgettable memories.
One of the most beautiful mansions in England – surrounded by centuries-old gardens
Chatsworth House is a stately home in Derbyshire, England, in the Derbyshire Dales. Located on the east bank of the Derwent, Chatsworth looks out over the low hills that separate the Derwent and Wye valleys. The house is located in a spacious garden and park landscape and is surrounded by wooded, rocky hills that rise into heather moor. The property is home to a significant collection of paintings, furniture, old master drawings, neoclassical sculptures, books, and other artifacts. The country estate has been voted the UK’s Most Popular Country House on several occasions. Chatsworth has been passed down in the Cavendish family for 16 generations and remains the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Chatsworth Park is a working, food producing area.
450 years of history on 42 ha
The Chatsworths garden attracts around 300,000 visitors annually. Many events, exhibitions and workshops invite you to stroll. It is located on the eastern side of the river valley and blends in harmoniously with the landscape of the surrounding park, which extends over an area of 4.0 square kilometers. The park itself is surrounded by a 15-kilometer dry stone wall and a deer fence. Chatsworth’s green area is home to red deer, fallow deer, sheep, cattle and many other wild animals. The park landscapes support a variety of habitats such as forest pastures and park landscapes, ancient forests, deciduous and mixed forests, lowland dry grassland, semi-remodeled meadows, highland heaths and wetlands connected to the river. About 20 full-time gardeners are employed here to maintain the park and keep it in order.