Where is the Jurassic Coast?

The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site lies along the coast between Orcombe Point in East Devon and Studland Bay in Dorset. Between these two points, the boundaries are broadly defined as the average low tide mark to the top of the cliffs, or back of the beach where there are no cliffs. The boundaries do not include the built up sea-fronts at Exmouth, Sidmouth, Seaton, Lyme Regis, West Bay, Weymouth, Portland Port and Swanage; so it is a set of long thin strips of undeveloped coastline.Map of the Jurassic Coast

Who owns the World Heritage Site?

The land within the boundaries of the World Heritage Site is looked after by its many different owners. The majority is owned by a combination of the National Trust (about a third), large private estates, the Ministry of Defence, the Crown Estate, and national and local authorities, but there are many small landowners along the way too. Over 90% of the land within the Site is protected by national and European nature conservation laws, and this is overseen primarily by Natural England and the Dorset and East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) teams.