The Jurassic Coast is a magical stretch of coast in the south of England; from Exmouth to Studland Bay. Spanning two counties, Dorset and Devon, it is famous for the fossils found here. Designated as a World Heritage Site, this is a remarkable part of the UK. There are many reasons to visit the Jurassic Coast, but these are the top reasons why we think you should go and see this beautiful area for yourself.
Number one on the list has to be the world-famous fossil hunting opportunities here. This stretch of coast is positively teeming with fossils just waiting to be found. Some beaches have better fossil hunting potential than others, we have written another blog post dedicated to fossil hunting in Dorset.
The Jurassic coast has some of the most dramatic and beautiful coastal walking in Britain. Follow the South West Coast Path for an easy to follow route with amazing views. Lots of this coastline is hilly so be sure to walk within your ability, and don’t stray to close to the cliff’s edges. Pack a picnic for a mid-walk lunch with a view.
With so much sea at your fingertips, the Jurassic Coast is a wonderful place to enjoy water sports. Whether it’s a hobby you already love, or you simply want to try something new, this is a great place for it. Choose from; kayaking, paddle boarding, coasteering and more.
History and heritage
As a designated World Heritage Site, it’s probably not a surprise that there is wealth of history and heritage to learn about here. With so many fossils hidden along its shores, this is a great place to learn about the earth’s ancient past. There are plenty of museums and centres dotted around the Jurassic Coast where you can learn about fossils and the past of this area.
The Jurassic Coast is home to some of the loveliest beaches on the south coast. The sweeping bays and tucked away coves are especially beautiful. Some of the beaches are dog-friendly too, but make sure you check before you visit.