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Jurassic Coast
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We offer professional guided walks, tours and fossil hunts anywhere along the full length of the Jurassic Coast and surrounding areas. There is so much to be discovered within the World Heritage site. Not only is there 95 miles of breathtaking coastline, but delve a little deeper and you can physically 'walk throught time' as it reveals 185 million years of life on earth, showcasing the three Dinosaur periods known as Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous. Let us guide you through time so you can experience the wonders that are to be discovered along the way...... We pride ourselves as being Ambassadors for the Jurassic Coast. Plan your walks with us and get the most from your visit, Learn more about the geology and fossils of this world famous coastline. Walks and tours can be tailored to suit all ages and abilities. They are led by a trained & experienced Coastal Leader. Walks and tours can be arranged for individuals, couples, families or groups.
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13 contributions
May 2021

As a seasoned hiker, this was right up there with some of the best walks that we have done. Sensational scenery and breathtaking views.

We left from Weymouth city centre and walked to Lulworth Cove, and it took us around 4-5 hours. I highly recommend anyone who is staying around this area to do this walk - they will bot regret it!


1. Try and plan for good weather
2. Try and go in the week when it is much quieter / less tourists
Written July 6, 2021
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Daniel C
Middlesbrough, UK163 contributions
Aug 2020
If you want to avoid paying for parking you can park your cars higher up the hill and walk down to see the sights of the South English countryside. Once you reach the famous coast you'll see it is filled with rocks, watch your step because you can slip and maybe twist your ankle. Look up at the cliffs next to you and you'll history that dates back 80 million years back when dinosaurs still walked the Earth. You can also see that the cliff is in layers, each one piled on top of each other and showing a different time period. Surprisingly when you touch the stone it feels soft and brittle as it easily breaks off in your hands, sometimes some will rain on your head from above. Keep your eyes open and you may even find some real fossils trapped in huge rocks or in the cliff itself; the fossils are of sea creatures called ammonites.Keep walking out to the sea and you'll be surprised by how far you'll get since the rocks are hidden beneath the water, it almost looks like you're walking on the water. Follow the rocks around the edge of the cliff and you'll find some great photo opportunities suck as large rocks sitting on their own in the water that you can jump over too. Once you've finished here there is usually an ice cream van and a Mexican food van nearby, or you can go to the nearby village and visit a pub. Across the road is a museum all about the dinosaurs that had once lived here which takes about an hour to explore.
Written August 17, 2020
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Atena S
London, UK16 contributions
Jul 2020 • Solo
Really fun day with Tim as our tour guide, he provided a lot of interesting information about the local area and it’s history and geology. Really lucked out with the weather, it’s a beautiful coastline. Thumbs up 👍
Written July 21, 2020
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12 contributions
Aug 2020
The Jurassic Coast is absolutely breathtaking wow! We found Durdle Door such a great spot for taking photos before spending time on the adjacent beach coastline. We spent a good chunk of the day on the beach and it was so beautiful to watch the waves go in and out. Such a low cost day out if you enjoy nature at its best!
Written September 2, 2020
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Yekaterinburg, Russia64,085 contributions
Nov 2019
We toured the area and took a ride on the Jurassic Coaster. The scenery is breathtaking and refreshing air off the sea waters.
Written May 14, 2020
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Kent, UK1,112 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
Im not a typical beach person as in sun worshiping sand loving deck chair lounging beach bar type
But take a look and enjoy the cliff top views or beach level views. This is nature at its best millions of years evolving this fantastic sculptural landscape which looks absolutely fantastic what ever the weather (preferred with blue skies and sunshine admittedly) take a closer look at the fallen rock and study you will find fossils might not be the biggest and worth alot but there will be something.
Erosion Wind rain and sea created this gem of a truely amazing landscape... with information boards dotted around giving descriptions / pictures of the rock / cliff structure

Written September 5, 2019
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Birmingham, UK19 contributions
May 2011
We visited Jurassic Coast in the following order:

Chesil Beach (view from Portland)
Weymouth Beach
Durdle Door + Man Of War
Lulworth Cove
Corfe Castle
Durlston Head - Globe + Tilly Whim Caves
Swanage Beach
Old Harry Rocks + The Pinnacles
Bournemouth Beach

...and what an amazing trip. Its been my favourite holiday in Britain so far. The water is so clear. The views are absolutely stunning. The drives to get to these places is very fun and easy - wide roads, we were in a small hatchback and had no problems. We crossed a few "Sudden fire" signs, so there're some military training around. Also, I'm not great with heights, but these places feel pretty safe, just don't stand right by the edge and you're fine. The walk to Old Harry Rocks was a mile from the car park, but it was like a walk in a park - no steep paths. There are also steps to help you get down to Durdle Door. It may look like a lot of places, but we've manage to cover them all in 2 days - they're only 10-20 mins drive apart. However to really enjoy them all I'd recommend around 5 days. Car parking worked out just under £20 for altogether, bearing in mind we didn't stay too long in each spot. I've already recommended this to many of my friends and I visited Dorset because of other great reviews found on this site - so this is my contribution in return. Truly breathtaking - I'd definitely go back again.
Written June 3, 2011
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London, UK54 contributions
The South West Coast Path starts at Shell Bay, where the chain ferry crosses from the Isle of Purbeck to Poole. The walk follows the coast around Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset for 1008km and includes some stunningly beautiful walking.

The Jurassic Coast section is one of the most gorgeous. We divided our trip into three days of walking. Firstly, the 14 miles from Shell Bay to Worth Matravers. The early sections are on popular sandy beaches, rising at Studland to cross the cliffs with fine views of Old Harry Rocks and the Pinnacles. We took off our shoes and socks to walk through the waves along Swanage Bay before ascending around Durlston Head for some classic clifftop coastal walking past Dancing Ledge before taking a footpath inland for a much-deserved pair of pints in the Square and Compass in Worth Matravers, then a taxi back to base in Corfe Castle.

Our second big walk was the 13 miles from Lulworth Cove to Worth Matravers, walking West-to-East. We took a bus from Corfe Castle to Lulworth Cove then walked along the coast through the military firing ranges (check opening times first!) The beautiful Cliffside scenes on one side and the burnt-out tanks and military vehicles inland make for a really diverse and interesting walk, and a fossil forest is thrown in for good measure! This is not easy walking and includes several big ascents and descents, making for the most arduous walk we’ve ever done, but also the most beautiful. By the time we reached the Square and Compass we had throbbing feet but some marvellous memories.

The third day of walking was not quite so arduous, totalling 9 miles. Starting in Worth Matravers we took a footpath down a valley to the coast at Winspit quarry, with enormous artificial caves left by the quarrying. We walked up and around St. Aldhelm’s Head, with its small, squat, bunker-like but quite magical12th century Norman chapel. A kestrel followed us as we took a footpath through farmland back to Worth Matravers, then walked the Purbeck Way back to Corfe Castle.

The Jurassic Coast is a stunning place for coastal walking but also has beautiful inland countryside, with mediaeval field patterns called strip lynchets visible on many of the rolling downland hillsides. Add in the gorgeous little villages with their thatched cottages and the evocative, romantic ruins of Corfe Castle and it’s well worth a visit.
Written August 21, 2010
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London, UK304 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
We spent about two days on the Jurassic coast visiting both east Devon and west Dorset. We looked around between Budleigh salterton and Portland Bill, pretty much covering the Jurassic coast. There are a large number of places you could stop by, and of course the coast is best covered by walking. There is a coastal path that the walkers could take , but we are not walkers so we really drove to each place en route and spent some time at the more interesting locations. There is also a bus service that takes you to many of the places.The good thing about the whole stretch is that there are many parking places, there are clean toilets at every beach location, and some have a few eating places or coffee too.

For us the most spectacular part of the coast was at West Bay. The cliffs here are just stunning and when the tide is not too high, ideal for walking along the entire stretch.So look for lower tide times to get a good sighting and walk. . Particularly the eastern side of West Bay is the real awesome sight, and we went twice to the same place, once in high tide and winds and once when the weather was better. This part of the coast is pristine and deliberately kept free of tourist clutter and shops and eating places so a delight to be there.

We also loved our visit to Lyme Regis, though it is very touristy. The walk along the beach is nice, and there is a wide choice of eating places, ice cream parlours and some lovely little shops making fresh fudge that is outstanding. Try Rory's .....

From there we went nearby to Seaton which is a really quiet beach with lots of free parking or low cost parking, and a lovely long promenade, so quiet and peaceful even in july

We also loved our visit to Budleigh Salterton in devon which has some cliffs but best of all, an amazing cobble beach with lovely cobbles of all colours and shapes, so much so that there is a beach artist making paintings out of these cobbles using the colours innovatively ! Some of these cobbles are so shape perfect it is amazing to see the work of nature. Absolutely stunning beach .... though walking on cobbles is not very easy !

Charmouth is another excellent beach for those who wish to be fossil hunters. You should of course learn the basics of how to be better at finding fossils ..... but if lucky you may find some. Of course don't imagine you will find dinosaur fossils LOL these are usually marine creatures fossilised in the rocks ...typically ammonites. If you are lazy you could buy one in a shop LOL ! Seatown near Chideock is another good beach for fossil search. ( apparently ). We did not find any during our stay.

We also drove all along the coast from West Bay and stopped at various places on the way to Portland. Of these, west bexington has a nice beach, and Abbotsbury is a lovely village we drive through on the way. We also had an excellent view of chesil beach and the Fleet which is the lagoon formed by a very long spit in the sea on the way to Portland bill , this in itself is a remarkable sight.

Overall ideal for capable walkers but others can do just as well using a car or bus.
Written July 11, 2015
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Brodick, UK714 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
This place was great, Kimmeridge Bay just south west of a Corfe Castle. £5 per car to use the toll road and car park but well worth it. Just a gentle stroll down to the Jurassic cliffs where you will find hundreds of fossils just laying around after being brought down after each high tide. No need to hack the rock away (hammers not allowed anyway) just look around the base of the cliffs you'll find them everywhere. I was like a kid, thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Written August 20, 2014
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