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Considering a trip to the stunning Jurassic Coast? We’ve got you covered with absolutely everything you need to know.

Discover the region’s history, its world-renowned hiking trail and the enchanting towns you can find along the way.

 Continue reading to learn about the breath-taking Jurassic Coast…

Where is the Jurassic Coast?

The Jurassic Coast is a 95 mile long stretch of coast that spans the beautiful counties of Dorset and Devon, stretching from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset.

Why is it Called the Jurassic Coast?

The Jurassic Coast is named for the incredible Jurassic rocks and fossils that can be found there. However, despite being called the Jurassic Coast, the area is also known for Cretaceous and Triassic fossils too.

You can learn about this in the numerous museums in the region including the Etches Collection and the Dorchester Dinosaur Museum . Or perhaps you could try and seek fame and fortune by finding some amazing fossils of your own?

How Hard is the Jurassic Coast Walk?

Young man drinking coffee at Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic walk is a hike along the entire Jurassic coast and it is certainly no mean feat. Crossing the entire 95 miles often takes at least five days for an experienced hiker, however it’s an incredibly rewarding trek, with breath-taking views at every step of the way.

For less experienced hikers, there’s no need to tackle the whole walk. Simply enjoy rambling along a bite sized chunk of the trail. Or try some of these other walks in the area.

 Why Is the Jurassic Coast Special?

Sunset over Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast is a treasure trove of natural wonders. Rocks, fossils and landforms created over 185 million years of history have led to this area being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In fact, the area boasts the title of England’s first and currently only natural World Heritage Site. Filled with sites of special scientific interest, this gorgeous and fascinating stretch of coast is far more than just a pretty face.

What Towns Are Along the Jurassic Coast?

The Jurassic Coast isn’t all blissful beaches and marvels of nature. There are also a number of idyllic towns to be found there too.

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis harbour

One of the most fossil-rich places in all of the Jurassic Coast, charming Lyme Regis was home to famous fossil hunter, Mary Anning.

Learn about her famous finds at the Lyme Regis Fossil Museum or at Dinosaurland fossil museum, home to over 16,000 fossils including colossal dinosaur skeletons.

Whilst in Lyme Regis, wander along the seafront with fresh fish and chips as you soak up the views. Read 13 of The Best Places for Fish and Chips in Lyme Regis to find some fantastic spots. And before heading to the beach, check Lyme Regis Tide Times.


Row of houses in Beer near Jurassic Coast

Known for its pearly white chalk cliffs, Beer is a magical town. But don’t just admire Beer’s cliffs from the outside- explore the historic Beer Quarry Caves where the famous stone was mined!


Flamingos in shallow water

For families visiting the Jurassic Coast, Axminster is a delight. Axe Valley wildlife park is a wonderful family day out that animal-loving youngsters will adore.


stone cottages in Abbotsbury

Filled with adorable, thatched cottages, Abbotsbury seems straight out of a fairy-tale. The local Iron Age fort and 14th century chapel are particular sites of interest.

For more inspiration during your visit, check-out: Your Guide to Abbotsbury Swannery.

Simply stay in the beautiful nearby towns of Bridport or West Bay to take a day trip or two to this enchanting place. Why not read our blog, 23 Things To do in Bridport for more ideas for your trip?

 Burton Bradstock

Two young boys on Jurassic Coast beach

Another of the Jurassic Coast’s pretty towns is Burton Bradstock. Here, nestled between golden sandstone cliffs, you’ll find the Hive Beach, one of the most exquisite Jurassic Coast beaches and a registered National Trust property.


Cup of tea and biscuits with countryside in background

You simply can’t visit Dorset without enjoying a delicious Dorset Knob, a savoury biscuit served with cheese. In Morcombelake, head to the famous Moore’s biscuit factory to sample this treat and perhaps a few others after exploring the art gallery.



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To enjoy one of the UK’s most magnificent views, visit Charmouth and hike to the top of the Golden Cap, the highest point on the north coast of England. Fancy a refreshment? Read our blog: 6 of The Best Pubs in Charmouth to refuel and unwind.


young kids in kayak

With a mile-long beach, Seaton is a haven for watersports. Not only that, this area is also the only place along the Jurassic Coast where visitors can admire Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous rocks all at once in their natural environment.

Budleigh Salterton

Instantly recognisable by its striking red cliffs, Budleigh Salterton is famously the home of the Jurassic Coast’s oldest known fossil, which can be found in the Fairlynch museum.


Aerial view of Old Harry Rocks

Admire the spectacular Old Harry Rocks, perfect for hikes and picnics. Or instead visit the elegant Durlston Country Park, a marvellous nature reserve which also boasts its own castle!

As much as we can tell you about the Jurassic Coast, nothing truly compares to exploring this incredible slice of England for yourself.

And why not admire the coastal scenery and check-out 13 Unbeatable Boat Trips in Dorset. If you enjoyed this blog, you can also read Your Guide to Monmouth Beach

To experience the magic of this Natural World Heritage Site in person, simply book one of our sea-view holiday cottages today!