Highlights of a Walk Through Time

The Walk Through Time, where the rocks record 185 million years of the Earth’s history across 95 miles of coastline, is the most compelling theme in the Jurassic Coast story. Yet every part of the coast has its own story to tell.

Listed from west to east along the coast, these key landmarks, fossils, museums, activities and experiences will enable you to get under the skin of the Jurassic Coast, and find out what makes it such a spectacular and unique World Heritage Site.

South West Coast Path waymarker at Seatown

Take a walk through time along the South West Coast Path. England’s longest National Trail offers unparalleled coastal views and Read More…

Green Point and Dancing Ledge

We think the very best way to see the Jurassic Coast is from the sea. It is only from the Read More…

Orcombe Point, with the Geoneedle just visible on the clifftop

This is where it starts. The rocks exposed at Orcombe Point embody the opening paragraphs of the Earth-story contained within Read More…

Ladram Bay

Postcards, leaflets, guidebooks and websites about East Devon are loaded with pictures of Ladram Bay. The unusual columns of sandstone Read More…

Sidmouth Salcombe Landslide

The Jurassic Coast is one of the most important sites in the world for fossils from the Triassic period. Through Read More…

View from the Undercliffs looking east

Between Axmouth in East Devon and Lyme Regis in Dorset the geology of the coast has helped create one of Read More…

The Ammonite Graveyard detail

The geology of the Jurassic Coast shows that the period of Earth’s history known as the Triassic was a time Read More…

Fossil collecting on the Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast is famous the world over for fossils. Fossil hunting and collecting is a tradition that goes back Read More…

Scelidosaurus fossil detail

Dinosaurs – monstrous prehistoric reptiles that dominated the world for over 150 million years, throughout the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods Read More…

The view across Abbotsbury to Chesil Beach beyond

Catch the double decker Jurassic Coaster bus and enjoy what the Daily Telegraph described as ‘one of the greatest British Read More…

Chesil footprints

“It is above all an elemental place, made of sea, shingle and sky, its dominant sound always that of waves Read More…

Lizard carving at Tout Quarry detail Portland

Portland has been a source of fine building stone for centuries, and the island bears the scars of efforts to Read More…

The Weymouth Bay Pliosaur fossil at Dorset County Museum

Weymouth Bay Pliosaur Skull Fossil One of the most extraordinary fossils ever found on the Jurassic Coast can be found Read More…

The unmistakable limestone arch of Durdle Door

A famous natural arch and a beautiful secluded cove; their existence owed to the collision of continents and the birth Read More…

The Fossil Forest

As the Jurassic period drew to a close sea levels were falling. Shallow tropical seas gave way to coastal plains Read More…

Mupe rocks, beneath the Lulworth Ranges near Lulworth Cove

Between Lulworth Cove and Kimmeridge Bay is a stretch of coastline that is all but abandoned. It was emptied of Read More…

The Globe at Durlston

“Look round and read great nature’s open book” Durlston Country Park occupies a headland just south of Swanage. Within its Read More…

Handfast Point.

Here, at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast, the white chalk of Handfast Point and Old Harry Rocks gleams Read More…