No two days are the same working at the Jurassic Coast Trust. I’m the first port of call for enquiries, so I never know what to expect. Whether that’s lost passports at Durdle Door, filming enquiries (Flirty Dancing at Dancing Ledge, anyone?) or ‘What kind of fossil is this?’, I’m at the ready with my imagination and occasionally, initiative. Much as I love being a member of the office team, it’s our Ambassadors who are the unsung heroes of the Jurassic Coast: local geologists and palaeontologists whose enthusiasm and passion are vital for spreading the word on what makes the Jurassic Coast special, aka its Outstanding Universal Value.
I’ve been visiting or living on the Jurassic Coast since the age of eight but it is only since working at the Trust that I have come to a deeper appreciation of the Site. The more you know about the Jurassic Coast, the stronger the connection. Having travelled quite a lot, it is a place to which I have kept returning. And whilst living on the Coast has been a grounding experience, it’s also a reminder of change: the Jurassic Coast is a work in progress.
Penny’s Jurassic Coast hotspots
It’s a classic but you can’t beat the view from Abbotsbury Hill towards St Catherine’s Chapel, the Fleet and Portland, especially at sunrise in winter. Beer, Hive Beach, Bowleaze, Ringstead and the man-made pool at Dancing Ledge are all great for swimming, whilst the seafood stew at Rachel’s in West Bay is heaven in a bowl.