• Daniel Wretham

Dorset Landscape Photography Locations, Durdle Door

Updated: Aug 2


One of the best known and loved locations in Dorset with photographers, everything you need to know about Durdle Door.


Durdle Door, Sunset at Durdle Door, Jurassic Coast

The History of Durdle Door


Durdle Door is a limestone arch formed by continental plates shifting and compressing together and through natural sea erosion.

It is famous the world over it has been featured in several films and draws tourists from the world over so as I'm sure you can imagine its a busy place not to mention being one of the best photography locations in Dorset.

Summer sees the vast majority of tourists flocking to wonder at this limestone marvel but winter can still draw large crowds and a lot of other photographers seeking to add it to their "check list" of must have shots.

Winter sees the sun rise right in front of Durdle door and some spectacular images are up for grabs as the sun rises in the gap of the door itself and if you are lucky enough to have some sea mist then great beams cast through the gap and can give you an epic image.

Sunset in winter at Durdle Door is also the perfect time to capture the "stair shot" that is so popular now.

Durdle Door however isn't the only place to shoot here although it is by far the most popular, there is also the formidable chalk hills of Bat Head and the beautiful Man O'War Bay and the less noticed and photographed Butter rock.

Each of these areas are exceptionally beautiful and well worth shooting in their own right but Durdle Door always seems to attract the most attention.