Author: Ruud Jansen Venneboer, Jurassic Coast Ambassador from Mazzard Farm Holiday Cottages

As England’s only Natural World Heritage Site, it won’t come as a surprise that there is a huge variety of things to do along the Jurassic Coast’s 95 miles of coastline. In this short piece we will be highlighting 5 of them, which can all be found within a 10-mile stretch on the borders between West Dorset and East Devon.

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Seaton Jurassic

Where better to start to learn more about all things Jurassic then at Seaton Jurassic, where they will take you on a journey like no other – back in time!

Share the excitement of the discoveries made by local fossil hunters, geologists and evolutionary thinkers, as they uncovered the stories of life on Earth. Travel aboard their ‘time-ship’, back to the Jurassic World, 200 million years ago.

Seaton Jurassic is very interactive: you’re in charge, you take the ship’s controls and decide which prehistoric creatures you meet! Experience the fight for survival as you land in a giant rockpool! With loads of hands-on activities and a fun garden to explore you’ll have a great day out whatever the weather, and whatever your age.

Tip: next door to Seaton Jurassic is the brand-new station for Seaton Tramway. So why not make it a full day out in Seaton?

Time Travelling at Seaton Jurassic.

Lovely Lyme Regis

There are many fantastic towns and villages along the Jurassic Coast, but few are as pretty and engaging as Lyme Regis. A working harbour, a beautiful unspoilt seafront and beach, and lots of opportunities to eat, drink and shop.

So whether you’re in for a bit of activity, want to spend time on the beach, or enjoy some food and drink, you just cannot go wrong in Lyme Regis!

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The Cobb, Lyme Regis. © Steve Belasco - jurassicphotographic.com

Fossil Hunting in Charmouth

There are quite a few beaches on the Jurassic Coast where you can go fossil hunting, but possibly the best one is the beach at Charmouth. And what also makes Charmouth a great destination for this is its fantastic Heritage Coast Centre.

There is no charge to visit, and the small venue offers a real treasure trove full of fossils and other historic finds, as well as brimming over with information, photos and other interesting facts.

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Iron pyrites ammonites from Charmouth.

South West Coast Path from Branscombe to Beer and back

The full length of the Jurassic Coast also ‘hosts’ a significant stretch of the 630 mile long South West Coast Path.

There are endless suggestions of beautiful coastal walks that can be made, but one of our favourites in this area is the walk from the seaside village of Branscombe to the fishing village of Beer, and back.

This can be done as a circular walk by either walking the return part in-land, or on the coast again. The great thing about a coastal walk is that even if you walk the same stretch in the opposite direction, it doesn’t feel like it is the same walk, as views west can be so different from views east.

Hooken landslip, visible on the Beer to Branscombe walk. © Steve Belasco - jurassicphotographic.com

Golden Cap Adventure

Golden Cap is the highest point on the Jurassic Coast, and offers a great opportunity for a refreshing walk, with stunning views of both the coast and English Channel guaranteed. Make sure you bring your camera as there will most definitely be great opportunities to shoot some fabulous pics.

What also makes Golden Cap a great place to visit is the wonderful Anchor Inn pub in Seatown (not to be confused with Seaton!). This award-winning pub occupies possibly one of the best possible spots any pub can wish for, so on a nice sunny day, why not treat yourself to something to eat or drink (well deserved after the climb up Golden Cap!) at one of the Anchor Inn’s outside tables, taking in the stunning views across the sea.

The Anchor Inn
The Anchor Inn at Seatown, with Golden Cap in the background.

For more information on this stunning part of Great Britain, check out the Jurassic Coast Trust’s Highlights page, and for detailed insight on where to stay, visit the Accommodation page.

Article written by: Ruud Jansen Venneboer, Jurassic Coast Ambassador, from Mazzard Farm Holiday Cottages, East Devon – www.mazzardfarm.com

Mazzard Farm
Mazzard Farm Holiday Cottages in East Devon.