For Mother’s Day, a couple of weekends ago, I visited Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove & Tyneham. Unfortunately, I hadn’t got around to putting this post up until now but I wanted to share my pictures and experiences from that day because they were lovely places to visit and we were so lucky with the weather.
We started at Durdle Door, parked our car up and had a wander around the cliff tops. I’ve been to Durdle Door a few times but not for many years and so was really looking forward to going again. It was such a sunny day that the sea was a beautiful shade of blue (not quite enticing enough to get in though!).
From there we walked over to Lulworth Cove. I was surprised how quick the walk there felt, it was only half an hour there and half an hour back. Although coming back from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door felt a lot longer as a lot of it is up hill. But the whole walk is full of lovely sights across the whole coast. Once we got to Lulworth Cove we had a walk around some of the little shops and stopped off at the Lulworth Cove Inn for a drink in the sun.
The cottages with the water running through in Lulworth was so idyllic and to top it off two ducks came and joined us on the beach. I’d definitely like to go back to Lulworth Cove in summer when it’s hotter and perhaps go into the sea! 🙂
Once we got back to Durdle Door from Lulworth Cove we decided to make a trip over to Tyneham as it’s only about a 20 minute drive and luckily it was all open to the public that day. Tyneham is a ‘ghost village’ as it has no population. The village, and surrounding area, was evacuated in 1943 by, the then, War Office for use as firing ranges for training troops. It was only supposed to be a temporary evacuation, however, no one ever moved back and the village and land was bought by the army in 1948 and is still used for military training. This is why the roads down toward the village are sometimes closed for the safety of the public.
When you get into the village you can see the old school, church and cottages that were used and lived in by the villages population before the evacuation. The school has been reconstructed to look how it would have when the villagers lived there. Unfortunately, by the time we got there the school and church had been locked up so we couldn’t go inside so I definitely would like to go back at a time when they are open.
However, you really get a eerie sense when you’re at the village and a real feel for it’s history. In each building there is information and photographs about the families that lived their and their roles in the village. Some of those people came back to the village later in life to visit it and see what was their homes.
The families were evacuated just before Christmas without any access to their belongings. In some of the buildings they have photographs of newspapers clipping and letters about the villagers protesting to get their homes back. Tyneham’s story is quite an emotional one and I think it’s great that those families stories are told through the buildings that are still there.
You are only asked for a £2 donation at the car park to visit the village which I think is a pretty cheap entry compared to a lot of other places you can visit.
I would definitely recommend Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Tyneham if you have never been to those places as it made a lovely day out with my Mum. Not quite a conventional Mother’s Day but still a lovely day to remember!
Have you ever been to these places? What did you think?