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“Beautiful!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jurassic Coast ~ Dorset and East Devon Coast

Jurassic Coast ~ Dorset and East Devon Coast
England
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Type: Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, Cultural
Activities: Hiking, Dining, Walking
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Owner description: The Jurassic Coast is England's first natural World Heritage site and covers 95 miles from Orcombe point in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks in Dorset. It displays 185 million years of the Earth's history. Visitor centres and museums along the coast provide you with the opportunity to go on fossil hunting walks, get up close with fossilied dinosaurs skeletons and learn about the creation of the rocks on this unique stretch of stunning coastline. More information can be found on our website.
London, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

Dorset is a lovely area in England. We really enjoyed the scenery. We were at a relaxed pace, and stopped by whenever something caught our attention e.g. the viewpoints, some alpacas, villages, etc.

Visited April 2012
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“Fantastic fossils”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

We stayed for a week in Charmouth over New Year. Wet and windy but the children love fossil hunting and there are lots of small ammonites and bellemnite fossils to find on the beach.

WARNING: don't allow children to climb on the cliffs; they are muddy - shoes WILL get lost, and there is always a danger of rockfalls.

Start off by visiting the heritage centre by the beach for tips on what to look for. Then walk along the beach for a few hundred yards to get away from the crowds. On your return, especially if you haven't found much, you can visit the fossil shop under the heritage centre which sells tiny ammonites for as little as 50p to huge ones over £100!

Charmouth is a great place to stay for a few days. There is a hotel, but we rented Charm Cottage through, I think, Lyme Bay Holidays. Charmouth has a couple of pubs, a fish and chip shop, a couple of cafes, a convenience store (everything you need for a week is stocked, open long hours), a post office and a couple of other shops. There is a regular bus service through the town along the coast. It is a great place for exploring along the coast - Lyme Regis, Dorchester, Durdle Door, Sidmouth etc. And there are some lovely walks up to Golden Cap from the village itself.

If you are driving, the nearest petrol station is in Lyme Regis (Uplyme) I think, and if you get a flat - then Dorchester Tyres are very helpful and good value. For anything not stocked in Charmouth visit Lyme Regis (2 miles away), which has among other things a very fine cheese shop in the Town Mill Cheesemonger as well as some nice places for Devon cream teas, bigger supermarkets and a surprisingly good little theatre.

Charmouth and Lyme are two unspoilt little English seaside towns and well worth a visit summer or winter.

Visited January 2012
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“Try this for the kids! Something a little bit different...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

We went to Exmouth the other day and were told (by a friendly lady - thankyou) about a wildlife trail on the Maer local Nature Reserve, so we went. When we got there, the kids used my iPhone to open a website (all the info you need is signposted next to the playground it seems) to follow the bugs on the area. We thought we saw the grasshopper...but going back again to look for the caterpillar.

Kids loved it plus it was free. Car parking was easy. Wife and I had a bit of a rest for an hour or so in what sun was available.

Visited August 2011
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exmouth devon
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“Only way to view is by boat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011 via mobile

We took a boat trip from Exmouth along this coast line, truely the best way.
Some sections are inaccessible by foot but the boat takes you so close and they give a brilliant commentary about the coast
Excellent walks from exmouth too!

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“My dog thinks this is the nicest walk !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

And I trust my dog's opinion more than my wife or friends - Seriously though its breathtaking and free - Walked the first part of cliff path from Beer to Branscombe cut down cliffs onto beach and walked along beach to Branscombe - stopped for a pint then back along cliff top back to Beer again - views are stunning

Visited July 2011
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