After a fun-filled weekend with the family in Falmouth, it was time to say our goodbyes, wipe our tears, exchange going-away flowers and make promises we have no intention to keep – like promising to write to each other every day until we one day meet again. Okay, that was all a lie, but if I told you that we simply high-fived each other at the car, or that we forgot to say goodbye to their kids, then it doesn’t really paint a picture quite as well now does it? So, tear-wiping-flower-giving-letter-writing-goodbye intro it is.

After leaving Falmouth this morning, we cruised along the English coastline at our own pace. Honestly, we were in no rush and enjoyed stopping at roadside stalls for coffee or at any random viewing point to take a few photos. The trip along the Jurassic Coast from Cornwall, through Devon to Dorset, is so stunning that it actually makes you think you’re in a different country as the landscape and scenery are so different to the other parts of England. Then, just a few hours before sunset, we arrived at Durdle Door.

If you google the English coastline, chances are good that you’ll be shown an image of Durdle Door as this is one of the Jurassic Coast’s natural wonders. The name ‘Durdle Door’ was derived from an old English word ‘thirl’ (which means to drill), and refers to the large arch-shaped rocks we see today. Geologists believe that the arch would have been part of a series of caves along the English coast, made from cracks in the layers of rock that have been hollowed out, but over millions of years, simply eroded away. Today, Durdle Door still stands 61 meters tall and the rocks that form the arch is believed to be over 140 million years old. This particular spot on the coast attracts more than 500,000 visitors every year and the scenery around the arch is stunning, especially at sunset as we saw her today.

Eventually, the arch will collapse (most probably not in our lifetime) and the face of the Jurassic Coast will be altered once more by mother nature, which is something she’s done so many times before.

Durdle Door photo taken with my drone