Explore the Dorset Coast – The Jurassic Coast
We invite you to explore Dorset’s Jurassic Coast
The Dorset coastline runs from the sandy beaches of Bournemouth to the East Devon border. A millennia in the making, this rare coastline is dotted with dinosaur footprints and geographical marvels, earning it the title of the Jurassic Coast.
Durdle Door at sunset.
The UK has only 25 World Heritage Sites. The Jurassic Coast was the first ‘natural’ World Heritage Site and the only coastline in the UK to be awarded this status. Why is this coastline so special? It provides an almost unbroken timeline through the Mesozoic Era (which includes the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous ages). In numbers 185 million years of coastal history. The Jurassic Coast includes the natural wonders of Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. To the leyman, this means spectacular geographical marvels, long sandy beaches, fossils and a rugged coastline.
The Jurassic coast also includes several internationally valued fossil sites. This coast is considered by geologists and geomorphologists to be one of the most significant teaching and research sites in the world. The rocks of the World Heritage Site are laid out from oldest to youngest moving west to east. This is a little unusual because these layers of rock would have originally formed one top of the other, and if they had stayed like that we would have to drill deep into the Earth to see them. Something truly epic must have happened to allow us to see these layers in continuous sequence along the coast. About 100 million years ago, massive earth movements, tilted the rock, exposing the older rocks.
Burton Bradstock Beach
Dorset Coastal Cottages
Jurassic Fossil Hunting
Dorset Coasts Geographical Features.
Lyme Regis & Charmouth
These closely linked areas are world famous for their fossils.
Finest barrier beach in Europe.
Breathtaking natural arch.
Lulworth Cove is a quintessential location for the study of different rates of erosion in the formation of bays and headlands. It is also a beautiful and popular tourist destination.
Old Harry Rocks
Brilliant white chalk has been eroded into steep cliffs and the famous collection of sea stacks known as ‘Old Harry Rocks’.
The South West Coast Path
The vast majority of the Jurassic Dorset coast can be walked, the South West Coast Path is the longest in England. The clifftop walks can be enjoyed by most (with the usual warnings about not getting too close to the edge). These coastal walks are ideal opportunities for bird watching, dolphin spotting, painting and enjoying the jaw-dropping marvel that is the Jurassic coast. Dont forget that paths can be slippery after rain and this also increases the chances of landslides, (keep to marked tracks and keep dogs on leads).
You can explore the Jurassic coast by bus if you hop on the X53, you can walk sections and then go back on the bus, a perfect day out.
Dorset Coast on TV.
The Dorset Coast has been used as as a location for major Hollywood block busters and on the small screen.
The award winning series of Broadchurch was filmed in West Dorset and starring David Tennant and Olivia Coleman. This gripping thriller, written by Chris Chibnall features some of the dramatic cliffs that West Dorset is famous for.
The Big Blue aired on the BBC in 2015 was hosted by River Cottage favourite Hugh Fearnly Whittingstall, who anchored the show from the top of Durdle Door in Dorset.
ITV1’s Harbour Lives was partly filmed in Dorset. Looking at life by the sea, Ben Fogle explored the Jurassic coast, talking to those live and work by the sea.
Portland Harbour was used as the location for the film ‘The Boat that Rocked’ starring Bill Nighy
Lulworth Cove was used as a location in the Hollywood Blockbuster ‘World War Z’ starring Brad Pitt. One of our housekeepers who works hard to keep the sea view cottages clean for you, waited all day in the rain to catch a glimpse of the Hollywood ‘A Lister’.