One of the best ways to appreciate the spectacular scenery of the Jurassic Coast is on foot. The 95 miles from Old Harry Rocks to Exmouth make up part of the South West Coast Path National Trail, and there are hundreds of miles of connecting footpaths and bridleways, giving a huge variety of possible circular walks, wherever you are on the coast.

Walking the Coast with Rebecca

In Summer 2021 the Jurassic Coast Trust is delighted to be collaborating with Instagrammer Rebecca (@becala20) on a series of four walks from across the Jurassic Coast.

Rebecca will be presenting accessible, easy-to-find routes that take in spectacular views and showcase some of the best experiences that our World Heritage Site has to offer.

Each walk includes a video and a downloadable walking guide for easy digital navigation whilst out and about.

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Rebecca with her dog Flint near Chapmans Pool in Purbeck.

Downloadable Walks

In 2017, the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team pulled together a series of short walks for you to enjoy.

All of the walks start at bus stops along the Jurassic Coaster bus route in West Dorset.

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The South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path offers wonderful views, taking in dramatic cliff top vistas, as well as numerous sea-level sections which allow you to really appreciate the intricate rock formations or, in some locations, hunt for your own fossils. The route is easy to follow – just look for the acorn symbols as you make your way along the path.

The South West Coast Path is walkable all year round, but popular sections can get very busy during the summer months. The eroding nature of the coastline also means rerouted sections and diversions are frequent – be sure to check for the latest information on route changes.

Remember that cliffs can be dangerous places and rockfalls can happen at any time without warning. Follow our Safety advice and always stick to the marked path, and stay well clear of cliff edges and bases.

The area to the east of Lulworth Cove is part of the MOD Firing Ranges, so access is restricted – check the MOD’s firing times for up-to-date information.

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A milestone on the South West Coast Path at Ringstead. © Mark Simons

Guided Walks

Guided walks and events take place along the Jurassic Coast throughout the year. Many of these are led by the Jurassic Coast Trust’s expert volunteer Ambassadors.

Details on upcoming guided walks can be found on our Events page and at Tourist Information Centres along the coast. Many Visitor Centres and Museums also offer walks and other events across the Jurassic Coast.

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Walking the Jurassic Coast. © Martin Curtis

Jurassic Coast Maps

The Jurassic Coast is covered by Ordnance Survey Explorer maps 115, 116 and OL15. These maps are available in our shop.

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