Image taken near Durdle-Door, a World Heritage part of the Dorset coastline in southern England
Camera Olympus E-30, Focal length 14.0mm,
Shutter speed 1/1000s, f/7.1, ISO 200.
Durdle Door and Man o’War are what remains after millenia of sea errosion of the cliffs near Lulworth Cove. This spit of land is made of limestone, and the sea has worn away both the limestone and clay back to the chalk cliffs. From this vantage point there is a panoramic view over the surrounding coastline all the way to Portland Bill and Weymouth in the west and back to Lulworth Cove in the east. It is easy to see why this part of Dorset attracts so many visitors each year. There are steep paths down from the saddle of this spit of land to both beaches on either side. The path going up the hill branches at the eastern end of Man o’War bay, the right path leads to Durdle Door Holiday Park, and left goes over the hills to Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole. From the top of the hills there are fantastic panoramic views over the Dorset hills and Lulworth. The costal path continues west towards Ringstead Bay and then to Weymouth, and east all the way past Swanage to Shell Bay and Studland.
Man of War Bay encloses Man O’War Cove on the Dorset coast in southern England, between the headlands of Durdle Door to the west and Man O War Head to the east.
The UK Ordnance Survey maps at 1:50000 and 1:25000 scale do not mark a bay of this name in the area and therefore Man of War Bay may be a local name. The cove the bay encloses is called Man O’War Cove so the spelling “Man of War Bay” is doubtful. The Ordnance Survey maps mark a St Oswald’s Bay so this is the official name.
Durdle Door is part of the Jurassic Coast and the area has been declared a World Heritage Site. The area is famous not only for the outstanding natural beauty, but also for providing text book examples of sea erosion and rock formation. Combined with Lulworth Cove and the Lulworth Crumple of Stair Hole, pictures of the area is often found in geography text books.