This very old village, settled amongst the hills behind the great Chesil Bank, is world famous for its swannery.
The bird sanctuary is 600 years old, home to over 600 flying swans and is the only place in the world where you can literally walk among the breeding, nesting and hatching swans.
The picturesque medieval village of stone and thatch is steeped in history going back some 6,000 years. It has been influenced by early man from the Neolithic Age and is overlooked by an Iron Age hill fort. High above the village on a hill is the 14th century St Catherine's Chapel, with fantastic views over Dorset and the English Channel. Abbotsbury also has the world's largest thatched Tithe Barn, which is now home to a host of friendly farm animals and the smuggler's barn, an interactive adventure for children.
The village also offers interesting shops, cafes, various accommodation and the famous sub-tropical gardens. Abbotsbury is most definitely a village to explore.
Axminster, is a pleasant market town with charm and character. Its famous carpet industry was started in 1755, by Thomas Whitty whose factory produced high quality, custom made carpets for stately homes and mansions.
The picturesque village of Branscombe is said to be the longest in the country, sweeping down a spectacular valley, past colourful thatched cottages with hanging baskets and climbing roses, down to the sea and a shingle beach.
Dorchester is a historic market town with its roots in Roman times; however it is most famously associated with Thomas Hardy. With its elegant 18th century houses, broad Walks and bustling shopping streets, Dorchester has much to offer the visitor.
Ottery St Mary is a little town with a long history. Ottery's roots run deeper than Doomsday Book. In 1061, Edward the Confessor ceded the already established wealthy manor of Oterie to the Cathedral Chapter of Rouen.
Poole Harbour is the second largest harbour in the world after Sydney, Australia. The Quay is a hive of activity all year round with a huge array of fishing boats, yachts, powerboats and pleasure cruisers.
Sidmouth still has a unique charm, which has captivated thousands. Beautiful gardens, leisurely walks, Regency history, fine hotels, clean beaches and friendly shops - it's all here in this lovely seaside town.
Here's a sneak peak at the home page of the new jurassiccoast.org:
We are running a Testing Session for the new site next Friday, 27th November, at 2pm at County Hall in Dorchester.
If you'd like to come along and put the new site through its paces, please let Guy know -
. We would love to have you along and hear what you think!
Our Jurassic Coast Ambassadors have been busier than ever. Here's some of the things they've been up to all along the coast over the last few months.
Emily Cowper-Coles accompanied the Jurassic Coast's Youth delegation to the 2015 World Heritage Youth Summit, held in Blaenevon in Wales. Emily acted as a mentor and expert for the young representatives of our World Heritage Site. You can read all about the Summit from Youth representative Hannah Graham here.
Martin Curtis recently spoke at Dorchester Children's Centre's "Saturdads" group. Martin spoke all about the value of fossil hunting on the beach as a fun, free and healthy family activity. He showed some top finds from his personal collection and spoke to the Dads in attendance about the best spots on the coast to look for fossils, and how easy they are to access.
Our East Devon Ambassadors assisted at our first ever event for Ladram Bay Holiday Park, one of the Jurassic Coast Trust's new Business Partners. Tony spoke to park guests about the history of the World Heritage Site, and Tony and Donald led a walk from the park, with its iconic red sea stacks, to Sidmouth. The event was very well-received, and will hopefully be the first of many that we run at Ladram Bay.
Tony speaks about the history of the Jurassic Coast
Trevor and John try out our new ACME Ammonite Racer tyres.
Steve Snowball recently contributed some terrific facts about what Weymouth and Dorset were like during the last Ice Age for Jurassic Skyline's Winter Flights programme. You can read Steve's facts here.
The Jurassic Coast Trust is partnering with the South West Coast Path Association and East Devon AONB Partnership for a "Coast & Countryside" dinner on Saturday 26th September at Higher Wiscombe in East Devon.