Jurassic Coast

Dorset and East Devon CoastLyme Regis landslipPurbeck CoastThe Jurassic CoastWorld Heritage Site
The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site on the English Channel coast of southern England.wikipedia
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Dorset

DorsetshireDorset, EnglandCounty of Dorset
It stretches from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset, a distance of about 96 mi, and was inscribed on the World Heritage List in mid-December 2001. The Jurassic Coast stretches from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in East Dorset, a distance of 96 mi.
Three-quarters of its coastline is part of the Jurassic Coast Natural World Heritage Site due to its geological and palaeontologic significance.

Isle of Portland

PortlandPortland, DorsetPortland, England
In some places the sea has broken through resistant rocks to produce coves with restricted entrances and, in one place, the Isle of Portland is connected to the land by a narrow spit. Chesil Beach is a good example of a barrier beach and stretches for 18 mi from Burton Bradstock to the Isle of Portland.
Portland is a central part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site on the Dorset and east Devon coast, important for its geology and landforms.

Exmouth

Exmouth, DevonBrixingtonWithycombe Rawleigh
It stretches from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset, a distance of about 96 mi, and was inscribed on the World Heritage List in mid-December 2001. The Jurassic Coast stretches from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in East Dorset, a distance of 96 mi.
Exmouth marks the western end of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, which stretches eastwards along the coast to Poole, in Dorset; the South West Coast Path allows for walking along this coast.

Natural arch

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Natural features seen on this stretch of coast include arches, pinnacles and stack rocks.
Good examples of this type of arch are the Durdle Door and Stair Hole near Lulworth Cove on Dorset's Jurassic Coast in south England.

Lulworth Cove

The area around Lulworth Cove contains a fossil forest, and 71 different rock strata have been identified at Lyme Regis, each with its own species of ammonite.
Lulworth Cove is a cove near the village of West Lulworth, on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, southern England.

Lyme Regis

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The area around Lulworth Cove contains a fossil forest, and 71 different rock strata have been identified at Lyme Regis, each with its own species of ammonite.
It is noted for fossils found in cliffs and beaches on the Heritage Coast or Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site.

South West Coast Path

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The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre provides information on the heritage coast, and the whole length of the site can be visited via the South West Coast Path.
The path passes through two World Heritage Sites: the Dorset and East Devon Coast, known as the Jurassic Coast, was designated in 2001, and the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape in 2007.

Studland

Studland BayStudland BeachSouth Haven
It stretches from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset, a distance of about 96 mi, and was inscribed on the World Heritage List in mid-December 2001.
The site is also a protected Site of Special Scientific Interest, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, part of the Purbeck Heritage Coast, and a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Swanage

Swanage BaySwanage BeachSwanage, Dorset
The Jurassic Coast stretches from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in East Dorset, a distance of 96 mi.
The town is located at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site.

Jurassic

Jurassic PeriodLate JurassicJurassic era
The site spans 185 million years of geological history, coastal erosion having exposed an almost continuous sequence of rock formation covering the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
The Jurassic geological record is good in western Europe, where extensive marine sequences indicate a time when much of that future landmass was submerged under shallow tropical seas; famous locales include the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site in southern England and the renowned late Jurassic lagerstätten of Holzmaden and Solnhofen in Germany.

East Devon

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It stretches from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset, a distance of about 96 mi, and was inscribed on the World Heritage List in mid-December 2001. The Jurassic Coast stretches from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in East Dorset, a distance of 96 mi.
The entire East Devon coastline from Exmouth to the border with Dorset is part of the designated World Heritage Site called the Jurassic Coast; the designated area itself continues up to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage.

Sidmouth

Sidmouth, Devon
In January 2007 the coast experienced its most environmentally damaging wreck when the MSC Napoli, a 2,400 capacity container ship, was beached at Branscombe near Sidmouth, losing oil and cargo.
It is a tourist resort and a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Old Harry Rocks

Handfast PointOld Harry
The Jurassic Coast stretches from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in East Dorset, a distance of 96 mi.
They mark the most eastern point of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Seaton, Devon

SeatonSeaton BaySeaton Hole
It faces onto Lyme Bay and is on the Dorset and East Devon Coast Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Orcombe Point

The Jurassic Coast stretches from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in East Dorset, a distance of 96 mi.
The Geoneedle is constructed from a variety of different stones, representing both the major building stones to be found on the Jurassic Coast and the sequence of rocks that form this part of the coastline.

West Bay, Dorset

West BayBridport HarbourWest-Bay
There was a fatality in 2012 when 400 tonne of rock fell onto the beach at Burton Bradstock and another cliff fall took place in 2016 at West Bay, near Bridport.
The area is part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site.

Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre provides information on the heritage coast, and the whole length of the site can be visited via the South West Coast Path.
The centre operates as an independent registered charity within the larger framework of the UNESCO Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site, known as the "Jurassic Coast".

Cove

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In some places the sea has broken through resistant rocks to produce coves with restricted entrances and, in one place, the Isle of Portland is connected to the land by a narrow spit.
A notable example is Lulworth Cove on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, England.

Bowleaze Cove

The cove is on the Jurassic Coast and is known for its geology.

Durdle Door

Durdle Door BeachThe Bull, Dorset
Another feature of this part of the coast is Durdle Door, a natural arch.
Durdle Door (sometimes written Durdle Dor) is a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth in Dorset, England.

Budleigh Salterton

BudleighBudleigh Salterton, East DevonBudleigh, Devonshire
In East Devon, the coastal cliffs consist of steep cliffs of red sandstone from the Triassic, and at Budleigh Salterton, the gravel cliffs contain red quartzite pebbles which accumulate on the beach below as Budleigh pebbles, locally protected.
The pebble beach and cliffs are part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site.

Ichthyosaur

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She became an expert on the fossils to be found in the Blue Lias around the town and discovered the first complete Ichthyosaur skeleton at The Spittles.
In 1811, in Lyme Regis, along what is now called the Jurassic Coast of Dorset, the first complete ichthyosaur skull was found by Joseph Anning, the brother of Mary Anning, who in 1812 while still a young girl, secured the torso of the same specimen.

Plesiosauria

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Other important discoveries of ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs and a pterosaur followed, as well as invertebrates such as cephalopods and their ink sacs.
The same year, commercial fossil collector Mary Anning and her family uncovered an almost complete skeleton at Lyme Regis in Dorset, England, on what is today called the Jurassic Coast.

Ladram Bay

Further east at Ladram Bay, more sandstone cliffs give rise to spectacular red sandstone stacks.
Among the most impressive sights along the Jurassic Coast are the sea stacks at Ladram Bay.

Burton Bradstock

Burton Beach
There was a fatality in 2012 when 400 tonne of rock fell onto the beach at Burton Bradstock and another cliff fall took place in 2016 at West Bay, near Bridport. Chesil Beach is a good example of a barrier beach and stretches for 18 mi from Burton Bradstock to the Isle of Portland.
Burton Bradstock lies on Dorset's Jurassic Coast, which in the vicinity of the village comprises vertical cliffs up to 150 ft high.