Explore the Jurassic Coastline, by Land and Sea

With rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth’s history, the Jurassic Coastline is England’s first UNESCO designated natural World Heritage Site covering 95 miles of stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset.

It begins in Exmouth with the oldest red Triassic rocks and ends with the youngest white chalk stacks at Old Harry Rocks near Studland.

Jurassic Coast - Chesil Beach
Chesil Beach

95 miles of stunning scenery

The first leg of the route is typified by the 250 million year old red sandstone from Exmouth to Sidmouth, continuing through the Undercliffs around Axmouth. This is the start of the Jurassic period which leads on to the world famous fossil sites at Lyme Regis and Charmouth.

From the fantastic views as you walk along West Bay and on to the highest point on the South coast at Golden Cap, it leads through to Durdle Door with its infamous rock arch and the equally iconic Lulworth Cove.

The route then takes you along Chesil beach and around the Isle of Portland until you reach the final leg of the route that takes you past Dancing Ledge and Durlston Head before arriving at Old Harry Rocks.

St Oswalds Bay and Durdle Door
St Oswalds Bay and Durdle Door
Dancing Ledge
Dancing Ledge
Old Harry Rocks
Old Harry Rocks

There are many stories as to how Dancing Ledge got its name.  The favoured version seems to be that it is so called because at certain stages of the tide when the waves wash over the horizontal surface, the surface undulations cause the water to bob about making the ledge appear to dance.

The cliffs above the ledge are a popular climbing location, with a small cliff close to the sea, and a larger limestone cliff set back above this. This stunning location is also a popular spot for coasteering, an exhilarating water based adventure.

Abseiling at Dancing Ledge
Climbing & Abseiling at Dancing Ledge
Coasteering at Dancing Ledge