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Highlights of the Jurassic Coast

05 June 2024

The Jurassic Coast is renowned for its stunning andscapes and rich geological heritage. Whether you're exploring its rugged cliffs, picturesque beaches, or charming coastal towns, the Jurassic Coast is the ideal destination for a UK staycation. With a range of captivating highlights to experience, this UNESCO World Heritage Site promises a memorable break for all.

Durdle Door


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Durdle Door is one of the most iconic natural landmarks on the Jurassic Coast and one of the most photographed beauty spots in the UK. The limestone arch has been shaped by thousands of years of coastal erosion - a must see during any visit to Dorset. Nearby, visitors can enjoy the picturesque Man O' War Beach, which not only offers stunning views but also serves as a popular destination for swimming and leisure. 

Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove is a stunning natural formation located just 10-minutes drive from Durdle Door. This horse-shoe shaped cove boasts pristine, crystal-clear waters and is encompassed by picturesque steep hills and cliffs. Its unique shape makes it a must-see attraction along the breathtaking Jurassic Coast. Visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of this natural wonder by taking leisurely walks along the coastline, venturing out for a spot of kayaking, or simply relaxing and taking in the stunning views. The Cove provides a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Old Harry Rocks

Old Harrys rock is made up of a series of chalk formations. The towering white rocks against the deep blue sea create a mesmerising sight, especially at sunset. The area is popular for coastal walks and birdwatching, offering panoramic views of the coastline and the Isle of Purbeck. Consider taking a leisurely stroll from either Studland or Swanage across Ballard Down. As you walk, you'll be treated to picturesque views of the coast.



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The Jurassic Coast is truly spectacular, known for its breathtaking cliffs that offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape and the ocean. The layers of the cliffs unveil a fascinating history of the Earth, showcasing millions of years of geological evolution. The captivating rock formations, along with the blend of land and sea, create a serene environment that appeals to both geology enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Fossil Hunting


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Exploring the Jurassic Coast offers an exhilarating opportunity to engage in fossil hunting. This stunning region is a treasure trove of prehistoric remnants, boasting an array of fossils such as ammonites, belemnites, and even traces of dinosaurs. Visitors can partake in fossil hunting tours and experiences, providing them with the chance to personally unearth these ancient treasures. The best places to fossil hunt on the Jurassic Coast are the rocky cliffs in Lyme Regis and Charmouth. For those interested in viewing some of the most famous fossils found in the area, a visit to the Museum of Jurassic Marine Life at Kimmeridge is highly recommended.

Local Wildlife

The Jurassic Coast is a remarkable geological site that also serves as a sanctuary for diverse wildlife. Visitors can enjoy sightings of a wide range of bird species, such as peregrine falcons and seabirds. The coastal waters are also inhabited by seals and dolphins, offering wildlife enthusiasts the chance to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural environment. Explore the marine life in the rock pools and beneath the waves and take advantage of the protected areas along the coast for activities including snorkelling and diving.

Coastal Activities

In addition to its natural beauty and geological significance, the Jurassic Coast offers a range of coastal activities for visitors to enjoy. There are numerous ways to experience the coastal beauty of this World Heritage site, including coastal walks, cycling trails, and water-based activities like sailing, paddleboarding, and fishing. For the adventurous, Cumulus Outdoors offers exciting activities such as kayaking and coasteering. Rockpooling is also a popular activity at Broad Ledge in Lyme Regis, perfect to enjoy with the family.

Historical Landmarks

The Jurassic Coast is steeped in history, with numerous historical landmarks and remnants that provide insight into the area's rich past. Visitors can explore ancient coastal settlements, medieval castles, and old lighthouses that stand as testaments to the region's enduring history and heritage. Other notable landmarks include the Ammonite Pavement and Lulworth Fossil Forest which offer glimpses into the prehistoric world, while the Spyway Dinosaur Footprints provide a unique opportunity to witness ancient traces of life right at the coast's edge.

Where to Stay? Newlands Holiday Park in Charmouth


While discovering the wonders of the Jurassic Coast in West Dorset, consider our Charmouth holiday park for top-notch accommodation options. From picturesque static caravans to contemporary lodges, we offer a diverse selection of self-catering choices. We also have a serene campsite for those who prefer touring or camping breaks.

Guests can take advantage of various amenities such as our Leisure Centre with both indoor and outdoor pools, children's play areas, and the Tow Bar and Restaurant.



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