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Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Dorset

Jurassic Coast Dorset


The Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site is England's first natural World Heritage Site.  Known as the Jurassic Coast,  it has been awarded this special status due to its outstanding geology, which reveals 185 million years of the earth's history in just 95 miles of coast.

A walk along the coast is a walk through time, passing through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods of geological time, exploring what would have once been ancient red deserts, tropical seas and dinosaur infested swamps.

Parts of the coast today are world famous for fossils and new discoveries are constantly uncovered, including exceptionally well preserved fossils and dinosaur footprints. All this remarkable pre-history is contained within a stunningly beautiful coastline, just waiting to be explored.

At the eastern edge of the internationally renowned Jurassic Coast lie the striking Old Harry Rocks. A number of stacks off Handfast Point, Old Harry Rocks are all that remain of the chalk ridge of the Purbeck Downs that used to stretch across the Channel to the Needles at the Isle of Wight. Old Harry used to be accompanied by his wife until this stack fell in 1896 during a severe storm.

Don't miss the stunning Lulworth Cove and world famous Durdle Door.

Enjoy the spectacular scenery by using the Jurassic Coast Bus Service (COASTLINX53). For more information and timetables phone Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or pick up a leaflet from Poole Tourist Information Centre at Poole Museum.

Boat trips from Poole to view the coast are available from Poole Quay.

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