Durdle Door - Added to Coastal Scenery in the South West region on the map at DroneScene.co.uk

I have has just added this to the UK Map of places to fly your Drone at https://dronescene.co.uk

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Was at Durdle Door today. They have put up a sign banning drones explicitly. In fact the entire Lulworth estate has banned drones :frowning:

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I see video / Instagram from drones flying there nearly every week. :wink:

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Welcome to Grey Arrows @ankz :smiley:

I’m not familiar with the place, but surely there must be some public location nearby that you can take off from and then fly over?

Lulworth estate owns the coast for a couple of miles to the west and a mile to the east (Arish Mell to Whitenothe) … and a couple of miles inland.

The inland limit a tad estimate - but not out by much. (I added a bit in the east … I’d left out their castle. :stuck_out_tongue: )

Their estate includes Lulworth Cove - you’ve doubtless head of - too … to the east of DD.

I should have taken a photo of the sign - only two activities have been prohibited. Barbecuing and drone flying!

I am so frustrated. I own a drone and I have nowhere to fly it.

All national trust properties seem to be off limits. Most parks in london are off limits.

You can take off from the beach, as long as it is from below the high water mark. The area of land below high water is owned by the crown throughout the UK and as long as there are no specific by-laws, you have permission from the landowner…



I almost posted the same … but wasn’t 100% certain.
Mind you - Durdle Door beach is usually coarse shingle stacked at about 30 degrees. You’d have to excavate a little platform first. Worth it, tho. :+1:

Useful link, too! Thanks! Especially the specific inclusion of Drone/UAV in the overall permission.

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Frankly it all sounds confusing to me, and doesn’t seem to guarantee I won’t end up in trouble: the Crown Estate only states that they “grant permission for unmanned aerial devices flights OVER Crown Estate foreshore” which doesn’t necessarily imply that I can simply take off from there and then fly anywhere I want outside of the Crown Estate area (within the boundaries of UK regulation).
The Lulworth Estate website clearly says that “no drone flying is permitted anywhere on the Lulworth Estate, Lulworth Cove or Durdle Door, without permission”, and the Crown Estate area is quite narrow and fragmented anyway: [Imgur: The magic of the Internet](Crown Estate area around the Durdle Door)… So perhaps it’s only really safe to take off vertically, do a 360 from up above my head and then return straightaway?


You do not need permission to flyover their land, they have no right to stop you as they do not own the sky. As long as you have permission to take off and land and you are not breaking by-laws or entering no fly zones, you can overfly without landowner consent. The only issue comes when you need to retrieve a drone from private land should you have to make an emergency landing.