The Durdle Door is the most well-known stone arch in the world. It was formed some 10,000 years ago when the sea penetrated through the Portland limestone. A multitude of caverns hollowed out by the sea may be observed at the base of the chalk cliffs (wave cut notches). The door itself is an ancient entrance to one of these caves. It is said that if you walk through the door, then any harm will come to you. This myth probably arose because people wanted to keep out thieves and trespassers.
There are several other arches similar to the Durdle Door in southern England but none as famous as this first one to be carved from limestone. The door was discovered in 1767 by children playing in a cave and they reported it to their school teacher who told them they should tell their parents about it. The story goes that when they did so their parents had the door removed and built over. This is what must have happened here because there are now houses built over the arch. However, even though it's now hidden, it's still possible to see parts of it when the tide is out.
People have been drawn to this spot for thousands of years looking for mystery, magic and danger. In the 19th century, it was used as a location in several horror films including Dracula, The Mummy and I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Durdle Door stands at the foot of a steep path, followed by a set of wooden steps. It is accessible from above via a car park and the South West Coast Path, from which it is a 15-minute walk down to the beach. A longer but more scenic route leads along the coast from Land's End to Porthcurno, passing several other notable rock formations along the way.
Access for disabled people: There are no facilities for disabled people at Durdle Door. However, there is a campsite near where you can camp free of charge. This site has some basic facilities for those with disabilities; however, there are no ramps or lifts available.
Safety during storms: Durdle Door is exposed to the elements, so will be affected by storms and high winds. If this happens, be sure to keep away from the edge of the cliff. Also, if the wind gets too strong, then look out for warning flags placed around the door frame that indicate when the wind is too high.
Opening times: Durdle Door is open all year round, except for between November and February when it is closed due to weather conditions. The entrance fee is £5 for adults, £3 for children under 16, and free for children under 11. Children under five are not allowed inside the door frame.
It located the Neolithic settlement and an avenue leading to the river. Radiocarbon dates of around 2600 BC are broadly contemporaneous with Stonehenge's initial stone phase. Parker Pearson argues that the Durrington Walls were a companion building to Stonehenge, based on the identical solstice alignments. They may have been used as a ceremonial site or could even have been the location of a sacred fire.
The interpretation that has dominated since it was first proposed in 1885 is that of a sort of proto-cemetery, where bodies were placed inside the stones in order to be buried closer to home. But there are problems with this idea: for one thing, there are too few bodies to account for all the rocks at Durrington Walls; and also because there would have been more opportunity to dispose of bodies outside the cemetery area if this was what it was for.
Instead, it may be more accurate to see the structure as a focus for ritual activity. Its location next to a major pathway suggests that it was designed to play a part in annual ceremonies involving the community. It may even have been used as a meeting place during times when the village wasn't inhabited yet. The fact that it contains many large stones not found elsewhere in the valley indicates that it was probably built by non-local workers who had no affiliation with Stonehenge itself. This view is supported by the discovery of wooden stakes covered in Irish bog iron between some of the stones at Durrington Walls.
The earliest Ordnance Survey map of the region labeled it "Dirdale Door" in 1811. Durdle is derived from the Old English thirl, which means to pierce, bore, or drill, and thyrel, which means hole. The term therefore translates as something like Bore Hole Gate.
The name first appeared on John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales in 1870-80. He derived it from "Durdle Door", which he said was a place near Doncaster where rabbits were caught in snares set by gamekeepers. The name has no apparent connection with doorknobs or doors in general.
Durdle Door itself is an opening between land and sea that allows water into the British Channel. It is a strait about 1 mile (1.6 km) wide and only 20 feet (6 m) deep at its narrowest point. Formed by volcanic activity about 75 million years ago, it connects the North Sea with the English Channel. The Door is located on the coast of Lancashire near Poulton-le-Fylde.
According to local folklore, this area of northern England was once inhabited by dragons who used their firebreathing abilities to warm themselves by breathing out flames. The smoke caused people pain and made some sick, so the dragons had to go underground where they found water to breathe instead.
Portland stone was used to create several important structures, including The Palace of Westminster (1347), The Tower of London (1349), and even elements of Buckingham Palace (1854). Portland stone has even found its way over the Atlantic, where it was utilized to construct the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This makes it the most popular material for government buildings.
Buckingham Palace is a landmark building located in London, England. It is the largest residential palace in the world after the Kremlin in Moscow. Construction on the current version of Buckingham Palace began in 1714 for King George II. The original structure was designed by Robert Adam and built using materials such as Kentish ragstone and Italian marble. In 1837, under the direction of Charles Barry, the existing building was extensively modified and expanded to provide more living space for the growing royal family. Additional changes have been made since then, most notably the addition of the Gold State Dining Room in 2000.
The palace stands within the grounds of the Royal Estate and is accessible through multiple entrances around the perimeter of the property. Visitors can arrive at the front door or from any of the upper-floor windows on the north side of the building. All major roads leading up to the palace are lined with trees that were brought in from all over Europe to beautify the approach. These include giant sequoia trees, red oak trees, and horse chestnuts among others.