Jurassic Coast

Spanning 185 million years of geology, the Jurassic Coast offers an unforgettable Dorset holiday in deep history!

The 96-mile UNESCO World Heritage Site stretches west from the cliffs that overlook Studland Bay and is unquestionably one of the most impressive natural wonders of the world.

Given that humans and our ancestors have only been on Earth for six million years, it’s no surprise the Jurassic Coast is rich in fossil beds – indeed, the science of paleontology is founded on the discoveries of pioneers such as Mary Anning in the cliffs at Lyme Regis in first half of the 19th century.

Known as the Dorset Dinosaur, the Scelidosaurus is unique to a short stretch of coast near Charmouth where a full-scale cast is on display at the Heritage Coast Centre. Internationally important discoveries, including previously unknown species, are still being made and the Etches Collection fossil museum at Kimmeridge houses the lifetime’s work of Jurassic expert Steve Etches.

The South West Coast Path offers a walk through time on England’s longest nature trail where almost every step has a story to tell. The entire route takes up to eight days to complete but shorter sections can be strolled in a few hours with helpful routes easily downloadable from the Jurassic Coast Trust website.

But it’s not all about walking – you can plan your own route by car or enjoy one of Britain’s greatest journeys on the hop on/hop off Jurassic Coaster bus routes from Poole to Exeter