On this page you can find important information on travel restrictions, car parks, amenities and other facilities for key locations across the Jurassic Coast. We will do our best to bring you up to date information on travel.

From 29th March 2021 visitors have been able to travel outside of their immediate area. Please keep in mind that accommodation providers are still closed until at least 12th April.

You can find full details of what you are able to do in this current phase on the Government website.

 

The Jurassic Coast Trust Team

Our team are continuing to work from home. Our home learning activities relating to the Jurassic Coast are here. We are also continuing to support our partner organisations across the coast, to ensure they can recover from the current situation and are still able to deliver their services to visitors.

Fossil Collecting

If you’re having a go at fossil collecting, please use caution and respect the natural environment.

Remember these golden rules:

· Stay away from the base of cliffs and the edge of the cliff top: rock falls can happen at any time.

· Check Tide Times before heading to the beach

· Be aware that no lifeguards will be on duty on the beaches

· Follow our guidelines for responsible fossil collecting

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Fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast.

Durdle Door & Lulworth Cove

These popular coastal sites in Purbeck, south east Dorset, are operated by the Lulworth Estate.

Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove car parks and public toilets are open. There is take away food available from a few outlets, as well as a small general store.

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are probably the
most iconic and well known of the Jurassic Coast’s many breath-taking landmarks. This also makes them incredibly busy, so be prepared to share the views and the beaches with lots of visitors!

Durdle Door
Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast. © Mark Bauer

Studland Bay

Studland Bay is a popular access point for Old Harry Rocks, the easternmost point of the Jurassic Coast. The major facilities and car parks here are operated by the National Trust.

The car parks and toilets at Shell Bay and Knoll Beach are open.

There are limited spaces, so if the car park is full please come back another time. All other facilities at Studland Bay will remain closed until further notice.

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Old Harry Rocks. © Steve Belasco - jurassicphotographic.com

Kimmeridge Bay

The car park at Kimmeridge Bay is privately operated and is CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

The Etches Collection Museum in Kimmeridge is also closed until 17th May.

Kimmeridge Bay
Kimmeridge Bay. © Mike O'Mara

Swanage & Durlston Country Park

Swanage is the Jurassic Coast’s easternmost town. At present, car parks are open in the town for essential shopping.

In addition, Durlston Country Park at the top of the hill by Swanage remains closed.

The view across Swanage Bay. Photo M Simons DCC
Swanage. © Mark Simons

Lyme Regis & Charmouth

These popular locations in west Dorset are usually famous for fossil hunting. Facilities and car parks here are operated by Dorset Council, the local town and parish councils, and some private operators.

Three main car parks (Monmouth Beach, Woodmead and Holmbush) and two seafront toilet blocks are open, along with some other local services and facilities resuming, but with social distancing measures in place for the public’s protection.

Lyme Regis Museum and Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre are also closed.

The beaches here are particularly sensitive to tides. Please check the daily Tide Times before heading out.

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Charmouth village, the River Char and Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. © Alison Day - via Flickr.com

West Bay

West Bay is a well-known coastal town in west Dorset, famous for its golden cliffs.

The major car parks in West Bay are operated by Dorset Council and are open.

Please do not park on restricted areas outside of the car park or its entrance as this will result in tickets being issued. If travelling here, please refer to local signage for the latest information.

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The harbour at West Bay, west Dorset.

Golden Cap, Seatown & Langdon Hill Woods

Golden Cap in west Dorset is the highest point on England’s south coast. The car park at neighbouring Langdon Hill Woods is operated by the National Trust.

The car parks at Golden Cap are open. Spaces are limited, so if the car park is full please come back another time.

The popular Anchor Inn pub in Seatown and its attendant car park remain closed.

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

Hive Beach & Cogden Beach

Hive and Cogden Beaches in west Dorset are part of the National Trust’s Burton Bradstock site.

The car parks at both beaches are open. Spaces are limited, so if the car parks are full please come back another time.

Hive Beach Cafe and the Seaside Boarding House remain closed.

If walking on the beach from Hive Beach towards West Bay, please take care and stay well away from the base of the cliffs, as rockfalls are known to happen along this stretch of coastline.

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Sandstone cliffs at Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock.

Seaton, Beer, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton & Exmouth

These five well-known towns and villages comprise the East Devon section of the Jurassic Coast.

The majority of car parks in these locations are operated by East Devon District Council. At present, all of these are open.

In addition, the council have decided to reopen the area’s public toilets. See their website for the full list.

Please note that visitor centres, attractions and museums in these locations remain closed.

If travelling to these areas, please observe social distancing.

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The seafront at Sidmouth. © Alison Day - via Flickr.com