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Nestled along the stunning Jurassic Coastline, two iconic landmarks interest adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike: Durdle Door and Old Harry Rocks. These natural formations have astonished visitors for centuries with their awe-inspiring beauty. If you find yourself in Bournemouth, this guide will provide you with all the information you need to embark on a memorable journey to these must-visit destinations.
Durdle Door: Extending out into the English Channel, Durdle Door is a stunning natural limestone arch great for a day trip. The location is just about 20 miles west of Bournemouth. There are various routes that take you from Bournemouth to Durdle Door, and each offering its own unique experience.
- Car: Driving from Bournemouth to Durdle Door is the most exciting option. However, being a student, most of them don’t have a car. But if you have a valid driver’s licence and you wish to go by car, there are car rentals for around £30-£50 per day. The journey takes around 40 minutes via the A35 and A352 roads. Although there are parking lots close by, it is best to be there early during the busiest travel times to obtain a spot. The parking fee is usually around £5 per day.
- Bus: A bus trip is the most convenient option for students on a budget and individuals who enjoy public transportation.
From Bournemouth Square:
- Take 50 Breezer to Swanage and then from Swanage take 30 to Durdle Door Park Entrance.
- Take m1, m2 to Poole, then X54 Jurassic Coaster to Wool station and lastly 30 or X50 to Durdle Door Park Entrance.
It takes about 2 hours to travel there depending on which bus you took and from which bus stop. One-way tickets typically cost around £6, however, it’s worth asking for student discounts. Kindly note that the buses and timings may vary on weekdays and weekends.
- Another option is to take the train from Bournemouth to Wool or Warehem, a nearby town, and then take the local bus or taxi to Durdle Door. The 30-minute trip by train from Bournemouth to Wool is regularly scheduled. You can take bus number 104 from Wool to a stop close to Durdle Door. Students may qualify for subsidised prices; the combined train and bus fare is approximately £12.
Old Harry Rocks: Located further east along the Jurassic Coast, is a stunning formation of chalk stacks that rise dramatically from the sea. The iconic coastal walk from there offers stunning views and an unforgettable experience. To reach this landmark from Bournemouth, several transportation options are available.
- Car: Driving from Bournemouth to Old Harry Rocks takes approximately one hour via the A338 and A35 roads. Similar to Durdle Door, parking facilities are available near Studland, where you can begin your walk to Old Harry Rocks. Prices for parking vary but expect to pay around £5 per day.
- Bus and Ferry: To reach Old Harry Rocks from Bournemouth via bus, you can embark on a one-hour scenic journey that includes a ferry ride. Begin your adventure by heading to Bournemouth Square. From there, catch the bus 50 Breezer, which operates regularly and takes you directly to South Beach car park, which is the closest drop-off point to Old Harry Rocks. As the bus winds along the coastal route, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the sea. You’ll reach the Sandbanks Ferry terminal, where the bus boards the ferry (you don’t have to get off) for a delightful crossing of Poole Harbour. The ferry ride, spanning approximately 10 minutes, provides a picturesque experience. Stay on the bus until you reach the South Beach car park. From the car park, follow the marked trails and signs to the coast, where you can begin your walk to Old Harry Rocks.
When planning your trip to Durdle Door and Old Harry Rocks, be sure to inquire about student discounts available for transportation, such as bus and train fares. Many public transport operators in the area offer reduced rates for students, so remember to carry your student ID card. Additionally, it’s essential to consider parking fees when driving to these destinations, which are typically around £5 per day. Remember that this is just a guide, and the actual price may vary. Also, use google maps to get the updated bus and train schedules before planning your trip. We hope this guide will assist you in planning a memorable and accessible visit to these remarkable sites. So, pack your camera, take in the fresh sea air, and get ready to explore the awe-inspiring beauty of Durdle Door and Old Harry Rocks.