VISITORS heading to Lulworth Cove or Durdle Door this weekend will need to follow a diversion due to a four-week road closure.

Water Lane in Winfrith Newburgh will be closed until October 9, as council teams work to extend a wall which runs parallel to the road and a stream.

Work began on September 14 and any tourists wanting to visit Lulworth Cove or Durdle Door will have to follow a diversion through Wool until the work is completed.

A Dorset Council spokesperson said: "The four-week closure of Water Lane in Winfrith will allow our bridges team to extend a retaining wall by six metres.

"A stream runs alongside the road, and at this location it has eroded the bank putting the road at risk of being undermined. Extending the retaining wall will ensure that the erosion on this spot does not reoccur and the road continues to be supported.

"The closure has been planned to cause as little disruption as possible, taking into account the busy summer season, the local farmer’s access to harvest crops and the Environment Agency embargo on when streams can be worked in.

"While the road is closed, Dorset Highways will be taking the opportunity to carry out road-surface patching work and will also replace around 15 concrete railing posts that are in a poor condition."