The Jurassic Coast has a dazzling variety of walks, landscapes and charming towns and villages to offer as destinations for happy couples. We’ve hand-picked 8 of our top romantic locations where you can cosy up with your loved one, with our incredible World Heritage Site as your backdrop.
What better place to share a romantic moment than atop the highest point on England’s south coast? The views from here are simply captivating, showing Portland to the east and Beer, Sidmouth and further into Devon to the west.
Make it a perfect date by doing the walk (despite the height of the peak, it is a fairly simple climb) then finishing up with a drink or a meal at The Anchor Inn in Seatown, which sits snuggly alongside Golden Cap’s foot.
St Catherine’s Chapel in Abbotsbury makes for an atmospheric day out tinged with a touch of old-school romanticism.
Although in centuries gone by, the chapel was visited by women praying to St Catherine to bring them a husband (more on that here), nowadays it’s the perfect spot for arm-in-arm strolling.
As always on the Jurassic Coast, the views are top-notch, and the chapel is arguably the best location from which to take in Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon. Impress your other half by informing them that the Fleet is an exceptional example of a tombolo (a spit connecting an island to the mainland).
The East Devon town of Sidmouth offers timeless charm to all visitors. Featuring a number of buildings dating to the Regency period (early 19th century), its streets evoke the spirit of that age, bringing to mind Jane Austen and John Keats.
One of the loveliest walks the town has to offer is along the seafront, as pictured here from the sea by our Ambassador Steve Belasco. The distinctive red cliffs date to the Triassic period, over 200 million years ago, when this part of the world was arid desert.
Along with scrawls from lovers and friends, the rocks by the seafront walk feature some very old “trace fossils”. These are little indentations in the rock that are believed to be the remnants of burrows made by Triassic era creatures wanting to escape the desert’s harsh conditions.
The lovely village of Kimmeridge in Purbeck has a number of romantic hot-spots. First of all there’s the Bay, which offers fabulous views, a tremendous beach walk, and even the opportunity for snorkelling (pack a wetsuit!). The Wild Seas Centre here has loads of information about the bay’s distinctive marine life.
In the village itself, The Etches Collection Museum offers a mind-boggling trip back in time to the Jurassic period. Highlighting the incredible finds of ace fossil collector Steve Etches, the museum is a perfect date spot for those interested in Earth History and science.
What better way to treat your loved one that finding them a perfect fossil as a gift? Be sure to check the tide times (nothing kills romance like having to be rescued by the Coastguard) then head to the beach on either side of the village, and search for ammonites, belemnites, crinoids and more to your heart’s content.
If you’d like some expert help, pop in to the Heritage Centre and see if there are any organised fossil walks happening.
Once you’re on the beach, see if you can spot a pyritised ammonite (pictured here). These sparkly treasures are fairly easy to spot, and would make a perfect keepsake for that special person in your life.
What better spot to soak up some romantic atmosphere that at one of the Jurassic Coast’s most iconic locations?
Head down early in the morning or towards dusk to beat the crowds, and take in the spectacle of this famous limestone arch. Durdle Door was formed about 25 million years ago as part of the same process that created the Alps.
While Durdle Door stands proudly today, one day it will fall into the sea, as other arches around the world have done (such as the Azure Window in Malta), part of the eternal process of change upon Earth.
Old Harry Rocks
Old Harry Rocks marks the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast and is a wonderful place for romantic strolling and gazing.
The views to the east take in the Isle of Wight, which was connected to Dorset via a land bridge up until the last Ice Age, between 10,000 and 100,000 years ago. Practically last week in geological terms!
Old Harry is easily reached from Studland, which boats a lovely beach and National Trust shop and café (perfect for a Valentine’s gift and cream tea), or from the charming town of Swanage, whose Victorian-era pier is another of the coast’s top romantic spots.
Follow in the footsteps of the characters from John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman with a visit to the famous Cobb at Lyme Regis.
Dating back to the 14th century, the Cobb is one of the UK’s earliest known sea defences. It makes for a dramatic walking location as the waves pound against it and the Jurassic Coast cliffs of Golden Cap and West Bay stretch into the distance. Just be sure to stay clear of the edge!
When you’ve completed your stroll, re-fuel at one of Lyme Regis’ many fantastic independent pubs, cafes and restaurants.