With the golden beaches of Devon and the surf of Cornwall not far away, Dorset’s coastline can often be overlooked by those planning a beach holiday – but the Jurassic Coast is actually home to some of the world’s most significant sites and discoveries. The striking red cliffs that line the coast of Dorset and East Devon aren’t just a beautiful sight, they date back as far as 185 million years in places – making the area a truly unique place to visit.
The Jurassic Coast stretches for an impressive 95 miles, and Dorset is home to several Gateway Towns that make convenient bases for those determined to explore the areas once roamed by dinosaurs! Lyme Regis is one of the most famous Jurassic towns, and if you fancy trying your hand at a spot of fossil hunting this is probably the best place to start. Right in the heart of the Jurassic Coast, this pretty town was home to a landmark discovery more than two centuries ago. 12 year old fossil hunter Mary Anning found her way into the history books when she unearthed a fossilised dinosaur skull measuring 2m and she dedicated her life to searching for fossils.
There’s no guarantee you’ll make the discoveries that Mary did all those years ago, but fossil hunting remains one of the most popular Dorset beach attractions! If you’re not sure where to start you’ll find local tours run throughout the year to point out the key points of the World Heritage Site to make sure you don’t miss anything. Lyme Regis is also a popular resort with Jane Austen fans as she set her novel Persuasion in the town and holidayed there at least twice. There are also tours of Jane Austen’s Lyme Regis, so the town is perfect for anybody who loves history.
Fossils aside, the beaches of Dorset have plenty to offer families and those who just fancy lying back on the sand. If you’ve never been to Durdle Door you’ll be sure to have seen pictures of it, and it’s well worth the stroll from Lulworth Cove to this shingle beach and the striking rock arch that juts into the sea. Chesil Beach is another Dorset spot that shouldn’t be missed, and it rolls on for an amazing 18 miles. This World Heritage Site makes a great place for a wander and showcases the Jurassic Coast’s rugged beauty to perfection.
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