Hidden away in Purbeck, within a stone’s throw of the Jurassic Coast, is Keates Quarry. This working quarry contains one of Dorset’s best kept secrets – an incredible set of dinosaur footprints, made by Jurassic giants 145 million years ago.
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Visiting Keates Quarry is a journey through time, back to when this part of the world was covered by swamps, lagoons, and ancient rivers, and patrolled by immense sauropods straight out of Jurassic Park. There are more than 100 fossilised dinosaur tracks preserved in the quarry site, which were made by giant sauropod dinosaurs, most likely brachiosaurs.
Keates Quarry can be easily accessed from the nearby Priest’s Way walking trail. It is located a short walk from the village of Worth Matravers, and within a short drive of Swanage, Lulworth Cove, Corfe Castle and Wareham.
The footprints site at Keates Quarry is owned and managed by the National Trust. The Jurassic Coast Trust were involved in producing the site’s interpretation board, and also host regular guided walks to the site starting from the famous Square and Compass pub in Worth Matravers.
Guided Walks to Keates Quarry
Our guided walks are gentle and taken at a leisurely pace, and are suitable for all ages (including buggies) and nearly all abilities, and well-behaved dogs are welcome too.
We meet at the Square and Compass pub in Worth Matravers, and the walk to the quarry and back is wrapped up within two hours. A walk here makes for a perfect day out for the whole family.
See our online shop for all upcoming walks dates.