Jurassic Coast

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Durdle Door, to the west of Lulworth Cove on Dorset's Jurassic Coast.

The Jurassic Coast is the popular (and now official) name given to a 95 mile (155 km) long stretch of coastline in southern England, incorporating parts of the east Devon and Dorset coasts.

The Jurassic Coast was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 2001 [1] on account of its importance to geology, palaeontology and the sheer beauty of its landscape. The area attracts hundreds of thousands of fossil hunters, hikers, campers and beach-goers each year.

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Many of the earliest recognised scientific dinosaur discoveries were made along the Jurassic Coast in the early 19th century, promoting the rise of the science of palaeontology.

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Get in[edit]

There is a South West Trains service from London Waterloo to Poole and Exeter.

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The Jurassic Coast X53 bus service [2] from Exeter to Poole via Sidford, Beer, Seaton, Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Bridport, West Bay, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Wool and Wareham can be used by walkers who wish to do a linear walk along the coast.

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The attractions of the Jurassic Coast are many. Not to be missed, however, are:

  • Lulworth Cove at Lulworth
  • Durdle Door, within easy hiking / kayaking distance west of Lulworth
  • Chesil Beach, the longest example of a tombolo in the UK
  • Golden Cap near Charmouth, the highest point on the south coast of Britain at 191 metres (627 ft).

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  • Hunt for fossils
  • Relax on a beach
  • Walk the South West Coast Path[3]

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