Stay Safe on the Jurassic Coast this Summer

Rockfall at East Cliff, West Bay - Tuesday 16th August 2016
Rockfall at East Cliff, West Bay – Tuesday 16th August 2016

As England’s only natural World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast is a wonderful place to visit this summer. With beautiful beaches to explore, amazing fossils to be found and some fantastic summer events there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

It’s important to remember that the Jurassic Coast looks the way it does because of erosion – meaning it is always on the

Stuart Godman Fossil Warden on Charmouth Beach
Stuart Godman, our Fossil Warden, on Charmouth Beach

move. Rock falls and landslides can, and do, happen anytime without warning. Although it’s a tempting way to find that perfect fossil, climbing and digging in the cliffs is highly dangerous to you and others around you. Make sure you enjoy the coast safely, whether you are out walking, fossil hunting, having a picnic or taking selfies. It’s easy to stay safe by following a few simple rules.

The golden rules: stay safe while you have fun

  1. Stay away from the edge of the cliff top – admire the view from a safe distance..

  2. Stay away from the base of cliffs: rock falls and landslides can happen at any time

  3. Pay attention to warning signs – they are there for your safety.

  4. Check tide times before you set off to avoid being cut off by rising tides.

  5. Be aware of mud flows extending across the beaches – don’t get stuck.

  6. Keep dogs on leads near the cliff edge.

If you’re out and about on the beaches of Charmouth and Lyme Regis, be sure to say hello to Stuart, the World Heritage Site’s friendly Fossil Warden – he’s there throughout the summer to give you tips about how get the most out of your day.

Now the school holidays are here, what better than to spend a day at the beach, enjoying the beautiful Jurassic Coast and the world of prehistoric time beneath your very feet. Just be sure you remember the golden rules and stay safe while you have fun.