Our Jurassic Coast

gad_cliff_dorset_sm.jpgThe Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site on the Dorset and Devon coast.  Its entire length can be walked on the South West Coast Path – and our part of West Dorset is a perfect base for exploring it!

West Bay at Bridport is a major “Gateway Town” to the Jurassic Coast and a World Heritage Coast Centre is being built here (completion 2011).  The Chesil beach ends here – twenty miles from Portland where it begins.   Other Gateway Towns include -

Abbotsbury famous for its swannery, subtropical gardens and the Fleet behind the high banks of Chesil Beach, the largest lagoon in Europe.  There is also the sub-tropical gardens and Tythe Barn.

Bridport – a lovely old market town with always something going on including twice weekly street markets with monthly Farmers Markets.

Charmouth – a wonderful place to go fossil hunting – also there is the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre.  The beach between Charmouth and Lyme  is full of interesting finds – but caution should always be exercised – walkers must be aware of the tides and the possibilities of landslips.

Lulworth – wonderful beach with its Durdle Door.  The geological coastal scenery illustates perfectly the effects of the sea on rocks of various hardness.

Lyme Regis – a town steeped in history, with its remarkable Cobb.  Mary Anning was aged 11 when she found the first complete ichthyosaur skeleton in the Dorset Lias.  Jane Austen recorded her impression of the town in Persuasion.  Also the Cobb being lashed by stormy seas  has been  made memorable to film-goers through John Foiwles’ classic The French Lieutenant’s Woman.

Golden Cap is the highest headland on the South Coast of England and offers fantastic views  right down to Dartmoor.

Marshwood Vale

A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, flanked by a series of Iron Age hill-forts to the north and the coastal hills overlooking The Jurassic Coast to the south.

Unspoilt dairy farmland, superb scenery and delightful hamlets lie in the vale, including Whitchurch Canonicorum and its parish church. Nicknamed the Cathedral of the Vale  in medieval times, the shrine of St Witte was one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the country and is now the only parish church in England containing a saint.

Discover Our Wonderful Countryside & Coastal Scenery

A different style of walk for every day of your holiday. Through farm fields and peaceful villages, across rolling hills, ancient woodland, spectacular cliff – tops or fossil hunting along our unspoilt beaches, we have it all very close to hand!

Lanslip near Lyme Regis


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