Durdle Door is a place I actually visited over the summer and if you’re anywhere near Dorset, it’s certainly worth a day out to give it a visit. Durdle Door is a natural limestone arch near Lulworth in Dorset and is one of the most striking features on the Jurassic Coast and known for its dramatic cliff scenery and long distance footpath which runs the length of the coast. Durdle Door was formed about 140 million years ago and the arch was created when the softer rocks eroded away over time, leaving the harder limestone. The name Durdle means “drill” or “bore” in Old English and the area around Durdle Door is considered one of the best places in the UK to look for fossils or study geology as several dinosaur bones have been found in the area.
Thomas Hardy’s Dorset-born friend Arthur Moule wrote lines in his 1879 poetry book Songs of heaven and home, written in a foreign land in which he wrote pieces about places he missed while he was away. In one of the poems from this collection he wrote these lines about Durdle Door:
Shall the tide thus ebb and flow forever? And for evermore.