The Jurassic Coast is a world heritage site which stretches from Exmouth in Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset, a distance of 96 miles with rocks recording 85 million years of history and is peppered with dozen’s of historic towns & villages along its entire length.
The historic seaside town of Lyme Regis nestles in an area of outstanding natural beauty at the point where the rugged West Dorset & East Devon coastlines meet the heart of the Jurassic Coast. The famous ‘cobb’ wall dates back to the 13th Century providing protection from the harbour & allowed the town to develop. Meryl Streep was filmed walking on the ‘cobb’ for the film the French Lieutenant’s Woman.
Bridport is a small market town in West Dorset two miles inland from West Bay. Lively street markets have been held here for over 400 years & still take place every Wednesday & Saturday. The Bridport museum tells the story of the town & also the Jurassic Coast.
The pretty harbour village of West Bay used to be known as Bridport Harbour. In recent years, West Bay has become best known as the setting for the popular TV drama, Broadchurch. The spectacular cliffs have become a familiar back drop for the series & you can even take a Broadchurch themed guided walk.
Some of the most iconic sites on the Jurassic Coast can be found near the village of West Lulworth which lies on the Isle of Purbeck. Lulworth cove is a short walk from the village which is crescent shaped & has a backdrop of dramatically crumpled Jurassic Rock.
A short but steep walk along the coastal path west of Lulworth Cove lies the unmistakeable limestone arch of Durdle Door.
Joined only to the mainland by a thin strip of land, the Isle of Portland is the Jurassic Coast’s most southerly point. The building’s on the island are rich in history & features no fewer than 3 lighthouse structures. The island’s most famous export is Portland limestone which has been used in the construction of St Paul’s Cathedral & Buckingham Palace & continues to be quarried today.