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Durdle door  jurassic coast 3

Tour Highlights

  • Experience some of Britain’s most dramatic coastline from a unique and inspiring perspective

  • Swim in the protected UNESCO World Heritage Site of England's stunning Jurassic Coast

  • Enjoy being gently carried along by the tide as you complete this beautiful 3km swim

  • Take in the unique seascapes of Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole

Join us for a unique swim along Britain’s spectacular Jurassic Coast as we take in three of the region’s most impressive natural landmarks: Durdle Door, Stair Hole and Lulworth Cove. This 3km tidally-assisted swim is the perfect way to discover this UNESCO World Heritage Site and complete an unforgettable open water swim in one of England’s most beautiful coastal locations.

The Jurassic Coast is situated on the English Channel coast of southern England. The site stretches from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in East Dorset, a distance of just under 100 miles. Situated towards the Jurassic Coast's eastern end lie the unique geological features of Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole, all within a 3km stretch of coastline which is superb for swimming.

Please note that swim times can vary between 40 minutes to 1½ hours, depending on the tide, weather conditions and swimmer speed.

Who is this trip for?

This trip is ideal for swimmers who would like the opportunity to swim along a UNESCO World Heritage Site along England’s beautiful south coast. Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming, be confident swimming in various sea conditions and be capable of completing an unassisted swim of around 2km prior to the start of the trip.

What's included?

  • Fully guided swim along Britain's Jurassic Coast
  • Full safety support throughout the swim

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • Food or drink required during the day

Swim Schedule

Depending on your trip date, we meet in either the Durdle Door Car Park or the Lulworth Cove Car Park approximately one hour before our swim in order to hold a safety and trip briefing in which we will explain the route and introduce our safety cover for the swim. You will be able to see the guides in their orange SwimTrek t-shirts.

After the briefing, we will set off on a tidally-assisted 3km swim. The swim time can vary between 40 minutes and 1½ hours depending on the tide and swimmer speed. During this time we will swim through Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole and underneath the awe-inspiring Durdle Door. Please note that the order in which we see these landmarks will vary depending on your trip date and starting point.

After finishing the swim, we do a quick change and then walk along the coastal path back to the start point. The route gives us a great view of the entire swim. At the end there is time for a hot drink and a talk with your guides before the trip comes to an end.

Trip Schedule

Trip Date Swim Direction Meeting Point Meeting Time Swim Time
Saturday 30 June Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove Durdle Door Car Park, BH20 5PU 11:00 12:00
Sunday 01 July Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove Durdle Door Car Park, BH20 5PU 11:30 12:30
Saturday 01 September Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door Lulworth Cove Car Park, BH20 5RQ 09:30 10:30
Sunday 02 September Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door Lulworth Cove Car Park, BH20 5RQ 10:30 11:30

Depending on your trip date, we meet in either the Durdle Door Car Park or the Lulworth Cove Car Park approximately one hour before our swim in order to hold a safety and trip briefing in which we will explain the route and introduce our safety cover for the swim. You will be able to see the guides in their orange SwimTrek t-shirts.

Trip Information

Equipment Checklist

We recommend that you bring the following items with you on the day of your swim:

Item Item
Swimming Costume Small Waterproof Daypack
Swimming Googles* (x2) Warm Clothes including Woolly Hat
Sunhat and Sunglasses Sweater or Fleece
Waterproof Sun Cream Waterproof Jacket
Towel Sandals

*Do bear in mind that if you are not used to swimming in cold water, we would highly recommend bringing and using a wetsuit. As everyone’s bags will be placed on the support boat, we would appreciate you keeping your daypack small. If you don’t have a waterproof daypack then it will be a good idea to bring a bin liner to wrap your bag in as there will be spray on the support boats.

Please note that SwimTrek will supply swim hats and provide water and electrolyte drinks in shared water bottles on your safety boat. If you prefer to use your own drink bottle, please feel free to bring one along. If you would like to use a wetsuit, rash vest or fins during your swims, please ensure that you bring these with you.


Swim Distance
Durdle Door Swim 3km (tide-assisted)

Swimming Conditions

Swimming in the sea is a fantastic experience, however you should be aware that certain marine life such as sea lice, jellyfish, sea urchins and coral could be present during the swim. In all cases we will work on reducing your contact with these creatures, however if you suffer from anaphylaxis, please consult the office prior to booking.


Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
July 15-18°C / 59-64°F 19-22°C / 66-72°F
September 16-19°C / 61-66°F 18-21°C / 64-70°F

*Please note that these temperatures are indicative and should be used as a guide only.

Weather Caveat

For safety reasons, we rely on decent weather conditions when carrying out our swims. As a consequence, open water swimming holidays require a certain degree of on-trip flexibility which can result in changes to the planned itinerary. These changes often add a touch of uniqueness to your trip and will be communicated to you by your SwimTrek guides as quickly as possible.

Group Size and Boat Support

This trip has a maximum group size of 24. The group will be split into a maximum of three groups, based on speed, with each group being accompanied by their own safety vessel/escort. 

Boat support on this trip includes two motorised safety vessels to be piloted by your SwimTrek guides and a paddle boad. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Getting There

Getting There

The easiest way to reach the meeting point at either Lulworth Cove Car Park or Durdle Door Car Park is to drive. You can get there via train, bus and taxi though with ease. While we have outlined various travel options below, they are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. Whichever route you choose to take, we recommend confirming your travel arrangements as early as possible in order to avoid price rises and availability issues.

Travel via Car

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are situated just outside the town of West Lulworth, 25 miles south west of Bournemouth and half an hour away from Weymouth. It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the best routes available prior to your journey as the roads do get busy, especially during peak holiday times. There are no motorways near the Jurassic Coast (other than the M5 coming from the north down to Exeter). It is signposted from the A352 Dorchester – Wareham road.

Please note that Both Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove have car parks tend to fill early in the day during busy periods and you will be responsible for covering the cost of any parking charges, you can now pay for the parking via credit cards as well as coins, the rates vary from £6 - £9 per day.

To plan your journey, please visit: The AA route planner. The postcode for Durdle Door Car Park is BH20 5PU and for Lulworth Cove Car Park the postcode is BH20 5RQ.

Travel via Public Transport

There are three main railway lines that connect the Jurassic Coast area with London and the rest of the UK. The first runs from Weymouth through Dorchester, Wareham, Poole and onwards up to London Waterloo. The second runs further west and connects Exeter with London Waterloo. A third line runs from Weymouth through Dorchester up towards Bristol. The nearest railway station is Wool, five miles away, on the Bournemouth to Weymouth Line. For all enquiries, please visit: National Rail.

Once you reach Wool, there are usually taxis available directly from the train station. The journey to either car park takes approximately 15 minutes and costs around £10-£15 one-way. If you prefer to book your taxi in advance, this can be done using the following companies:

Company Number
Garrison Cars 01929 463395 / 01929 462467
Silver Cars 01929 400409 / 07811 328281

Practical Information


For those wishing to extend their time in the region prior to or after their swim, the four-star Bishops Boutique Hotel Lulworth Cove is a wonderful option. Located on the cliff top of the Jurassic coastline, the hotel is just a stone’s throw from Lulworth Cove and the iconic Durdle Door. For enquiries and reservations, please visit: Bishops Lulworth.

Other accommodation in the area can be found online, a particular favourite in the office is The Smugglers Inn. The Inn is perched overlooking the stunning vista of Osmington Bay, mere yards away from the sea. Rooms are limited as the Inn offers 4 well-appointed en-suite rooms, which are made up of twin and double rooms, all featuring luxurious Sealy mattresses (the same as can be found in The White House).

All rooms offer tea and coffee facilities and free Wifi (subject to availability), as well as a TV for your entertainment. As for contact with the outside world, phones haven’t been put in any rooms, so as to not disturb guests’ peaceful getaways but there is always a landline on reception and behind the bar, should the need arise.

Extra Expenses

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as travel, parking, meals, etc. The local currency in the U.K. is (£). There are a great range of restaurants and pubs around the area. The Springhead, George Inn and Smugglers Inn are a few and offer a great range of food options.

Passports and Visas

The U.K. is part of the European Union. Non-residents of U.K. require a full passport to enter the country, which should be valid for six months beyond the expected length of stay. Citizens of most countries, including all E.U. member states, U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter U.K. Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

Health Information and Recommended Vaccinations

For comprehensive health information for people travelling to COUNTRY, including all recommended and required vaccinations, please visit Travel Health Pro. Please note that this information is subject to change and you should re-check this site regularly prior to your trip.

  • A well organised swim made perfect by a great helping of British sunshine!

    Mark C, UK - 2017
  • This really was a perfect day. I couldn't have asked for a better trip and the day is still making me smile. Thank you

    Mel S. UK 2017
  • This was a fantastic adventure, it pushed me out of my comfort zone, but I felt safe and supported the entire time - I loved it, thank you.

    Claire N, UK - 2017
  • Thanks to our Guides, I couldn't have had a more enjoyable swim experience - can't wait for my next trip!

    Helen T. UK - 2016
  • As always, SwimTrek safely led us to a magnificent personal achievement. Can't beat the high of completing a swim. come on in, the water's salty!

    Peter Reed. UK - 2016
  • SwimTrek has always delivered great swimming holidays for me.

    Diana C. UK - 2016
  • Perfect weather conditions, stunning scenery, a great team of people and felt safe throughout. Can't wait to do it again.

    Tracy L. UK - 2016
  • Very pleased with my first swim out with this very professional company.

    Martin P. UK - 2016

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