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Jurassic Coast

Fast Facts

  • Location: Southern England, Devon and Dorset Coasts
  • Best time to Visit: Winter is the best time for fossil hunting. Spring is the best time for observing the geological wonders and travel on foot or by boat. It is when you get the best views.
  • How to reach:There are regular bus services to the Jurassic Coast from Exeter, Sidford, Charmouth, Bridport, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Wareham, Poole, Beer and Seaton.

Ever since Spilberg's iconic movie, you know what to expect when the word 'Jurassic' is spelt out. It is therefore, no wonder that it is with an expectation to see dinosaur fossils that is on the top of your mind when you plan a trip to the Jurassic Coast in England. However, it is important to remember that the Jurassic age is as much about a unique and rugged landscape as about dinosaurs. It is an important stage in the world's geological development, and the cliffs and mountains that date back to the period are as fascinating as the mighty fossils themselves. It was the world where the dinosaurs walked, after all. Jurassic Coast gives you the whole package: cliffs, rugged landscape, and dinosaur fossils too!

The Dorset and East Devon Coast is declared the first natural World Heritage Site of England and it is popularly known as the Jurassic Coast. Expanding from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in East Dorset and covering a distance of 153 kilometers, the Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site on the English Channel coast of southern England. A visit to Jurassic Coast offers a unique insight into life in the past through the rocks exposed along the 95 miles of stunning coastline. What to see and do

The coastline and the beaches near Charmouth and Lyme Regis have fantastic fossils. If you are making a visit to the Jurassic Coast, you must visit the scenic beaches of West Dorset and enjoy various coastal activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, sea angling, sailing and windsurfing.

The Jurassic is embodied well between Pinhay in Devon and Kimmeridge in Dorset and it provides a comprehensive record of every stage of the Jurassic through exceptional fossils. Marine reptiles continue to be found along with numerous new species. A remarkable new specimen of Scelidosauras dinosaur and many other fossils, often with outstanding conservation, make this coast a top-notch site for paleontology.

The Jurassic-early Cretaceous terrestrial sequence, in the Purbeck Formation, is one of the finest in the world. Sea stacks of chalk which are the finest examples of the youngest Mesozoic rocks are found at the distant eastern end of the Old Harry rocks. The coast of East Devon shows the rocks of the Triassic period. It is also the richest Mid-Triassic reptile sites in Britain. Along the Jurassic Coast, you may watch dolphins dancing in the waves, basking sharks out in the deeper water and various species of birds.

While visiting this famous coastline of Jurassic and its countryside, there are different places of interests for you to explore and some of them include ancient castles, beautiful gardens, bird sanctuaries, animal rescue centers, giant aquariums, heritage railways, historic buildings and museums along with memorable boat trips along the coast.

Where to dine and stay

The Jurassic Coast is well-served by its Gateway Towns and villages which provide a wide range of accommodation, museums and tourist centers throughout the area. In addition to them, the 'Anchor Towns' of Exeter, Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch also offer a comprehensive range of facilities.

For those seeking peace and comfort, Jurassic Coast with its rolling green hills and charming villages is the ideal paradise. There are numerous country pubs and lots of restaurants to refresh you.

You will also find a number of beautiful resorts which make the area so famous. They all have unique characters, some lively and cosmopolitan while some others are far more traditional, but all of them go together in many ways. There is a wide selection of holiday accommodation to choose from, including a great range of self-catering establishments such as holiday parks, farm and country cottages, touring parks and holiday flats.

Explore the world famous Dorset and East Devon Jurassic Coast, comprising wild beaches, sheer white cliffs and striking rock formations. From blistering deserts to tropical seas, an ancient fossil forest and dinosaur infested swamps; the fascinating Jurassic Coast provides a captivating glance into the entire Jurassic period.

Related Links : To find out the mystic beauty of the cliffs along the Bays of Devon including the major landmarks, check out this cruise along the Jurassic Coast. This link provides valuable travel information on the various attractions of the Jurassic Coast, along with great photographs. Check this out!


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