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

The Jurassic Coast [dead link] 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.

Towns[edit]

Map of Jurassic Coast

Other destinations[edit]

Understand[edit]

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 paleontology. Pioneering fossil hunters like Mary Anning took advantage of the coast's highly fossiliferous cliffs.

Get in[edit]

There is a South Western Railways service from London Waterloo to Poole and Exeter.

Get around[edit]

These bus services are of particular use to people visiting the Jurassic Coast:

The X53/X51 bus service from Axminster to Weymouth/Dorchester via Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Bridport, West Bay.

The 885 bus service from Axminster to Beer via Colyton and Seaton.

The 899 bus service from Seaton to Sidmouth via Beer and Branscombe. This bus route is very picturesque as it winds its way down the charming Devon lanes.

The X54 bus service from Weymouth to Poole via Wearham.

The 40 bus service from Swanage to Poole via Corfe Castle and Wearham.

See[edit]

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).

Do[edit]

  • Hunt for fossils
  • Relax on a beach
  • Walk the South West Coast Path[2]

Eat[edit]

  • Being on the coast, fresh fish & chips is widely available.

Drink[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Cliffs can be prone to rockfalls, so avoid walking directly beneath them. This is not an abstract risk: people are killed this way with regrettable frequency.

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