Kimmeridge

The limestone ledges at Kimmeridge
The limestone ledges at Kimmeridge. Photo Mark Simons

Kimmeridge Bay, half a mile south west of the village of Kimmeridge via a toll road, features some of the most important geology anywhere on the Jurassic Coast. It also boasts some of area’s most accessible marine wildlife. The natural limestone ledges extending out into the bay make it easy to view life on the shore and in the shallow waters, making it a wonderful location for rockpooling. The Fine Foundation Marine Centre explores the exceptional marine life found on this part of the coast, and features interactive displays and a variety of aquaria.

The bay is also a superb location for a variety of water-based activities. The shallow, warm waters are excellent for snorkelling and diving, and are very popular during the summer months, with easy access to excellent dive sites such as the Underwater Nature Trail. There is little tide and not much current, making it great for beginners, while the comparative lack of sand helps ensure visibility is often excellent. Surfing and windsurfing are also gaining popularity in the area.

The Etches Collection – Museum of Jurassic Marine LifeEtches Collection - sign

The Etches Collection – Museum of Jurassic Marine Life opened in Kimmeridge in October 2016.

The museum houses the remarkable collection of Steve Etches, bringing to life stories from deep time through an amazing collection of marine fossils, many of which are unique to science.

 

The Fine Foundation Marine Centre at Kimmeridge.
The Fine Foundation Marine Centre at Kimmeridge. Photo Julie Hatcher

Getting there

  • Take the B3075 through Wareham and follow signs for Kimmeridge.

Need to know

A waterproof snorkel trail guide can be purchased from the Fine Foundation Marine Centre. You can also hire masks and snorkels.