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There is so much to say about the Jurassic Coastline that we’ll simply start with a few facts. All you need to do is look at any photos or images of the Jurassic Coastline to discover why it is so wonderful, but for now, we’ll provide you with some interesting and essential facts about the Jurassic Coast that will surely tempt you for a visit!
The Jurassic Coastline is a famous part of Dorset. It is England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site that spans all the way from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in Devon to Old Harry Rocks at Studland Bay in Dorset, over an approximate total distance of 95 miles! The Jurassic Coast ranks among the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the natural wonders of the world.
What is a UNESCO World Heritage Site?
UNESCO stands for “United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization” and works for peace over the nations. UNESCO created the idea of World Heritage in order to protect sites of, what they regard to be, outstanding universal value.
Why take a trip to Dorset’s Jurassic Coastline?
As well as being a beautiful area of the country for walking, taking photos and appreciating what the South West of England really has to offer, there are a number of museums along the coastline that explain why each location is a World Heritage Site, as well as breath-taking views and fantastic Gateway towns.
For a more adventurous way to see the Jurassic Coast, why not take a Jurassic Kayak Tours? This fascinating activity is an ideal way to see beautiful rock formations, like Durdle Door, up close and will have you exploring inlets and caves in the crystal clear water.
At Bridport Museum, you’ll discover local fossils (found just a few miles from the museum!) that prove the sheer amount of fossils you could find along the Jurassic Coastline, including ammonites, starfish and even a plesiosaur (a historic large marine reptile). The museum is free to enter and you can click here to find out more.
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is run by Dorset Wildlife Trust and aims to connect people with nature. It is run by knowledgeable local volunteers and is open 7 days a week from 10 am until 5 pm (from Easter until end of September). The children will simply love becoming seashore detectives!
Click here to take a look at the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre.
Portland Museum contains many artefacts associated with the history and culture of Portland Island, as well as the Royal Manor of Portland. The museum also tells the story of local industry, the Sea, the Prisons and the People.
Bridport, West Bay, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester, West Lulworth, Kimmeridge, Swanage, Langton Matravers, Studland and Corfe Castle are all Gateway Towns to the Jurassic Coastline. They each offer their own cultural attractions and individual character, so there is plenty of choice regarding what city to visit alongside your trip to the beautiful rocky coastline.
One Final Fact (For Now Anyway!)
There are over 185 million years of the Earth’s history to explore along the Jurassic Coastline and a walk all the way along the Jurassic Coastline offers a rare geological spectacle. This is because the rocks of the World Heritage Site are laid out from the oldest (in the west) to youngest (in the east)!
For more information about the Jurassic Coastline or to enquire about staying in one of our cottages, contact Dream Cottages on 01305 789000.