Do you fancy walking with Dinosaurs along the Jurassic Coast ?

If you do you are about 180 million years too late!

The Jurassic Coast walk gets its name because of its rich rock and fossil formations which can be witnessed as you trek along this incredible  Coastline. The 95 mile walk  represents  185 million years of the earth’s history.The dramatic ancient scenery is also part of the South West Coast Path and is a World Heritage Site.

The Jurassic Coast stretches 95 miles from Orcombe point near Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in East Dorset .Travelling Eastwards you  journey through time  and witness three types of geological periods; Triassic, Jurassic and  Cretaceous periods.

It’s a fairly easy walk with some challenging sections. If you decide to take on the whole walk it will take you about 4 days to 10 days.

Near Sidmouth at Ladram Bay you climb above the famous red standstone cliffs. The views from the cliffs are a highlight of the walk where the sea stacks have been cut so vividly from the laminated red sand stone of the Jurassic age.

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Sea stacks at Ladram bay

It’s worth stopping at Beer a picturesque fishing village with a lovely café on the beach.

Beer Beach
Beer Beach

After Beer you reach Seaton, a small resort with a long pebble beach and lovely beach huts.

Currently the section between Seaton and Lyme Regis  is closed  and there is an alternative inland route.

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Charmouth with Lyme Regis behind you

Charmouth and Lyme Regis are famous for fossils. Charmouth is world famous for reptiles, fish and insects from the Jurassic period.You can join an informative  tour at the visitor centre on the beach.

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Fossil hunting on Charmouth
Amonite embedded into rock on Charmouth Beach

Just on from Charmouth you reach Golden cap which at 191 metres is the highest point on the South Coast.

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Charmouth beach with Golden Cap in the distance

After climbing Golden Cap you come to Seatown.

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You continue walking up to Thorncombe Beacon which stands at 157 metres where you catch great views again.

Seatown and Golden Cap in the distance behind you
Golden Cap
View from Thorncombe Beacon

Midway along the Jurassic coast  you get to the impressive 18 mile long pebble Chesil Beach.

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Chesil beach behind you
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Towards Weymouth

Then onto the Isle of  Portland and the seaside town of Weymouth.

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Weymouth beach

After Weymouth you pass Durdle Door and the beautiful Lulworth Cove. Here you can visit  the famous fossil forest which is open most bank holidays and weekends.

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Cliffs near Lulworth Cove
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Lulworth Cove

The walking through the Isle of Purbeck was tough going in places but again dramatic breathtaking scenery.

Purbeck hills

The Jurassic Coast walk ends at the iconic Harry Rocks near Swanage.

Swange bay

Swanage is about three miles from Harry Rocks.  Finally you reach the iconic Harry Rocks where the Jurassic Coast walk ends. You will find our Jurassic Coast T shirts for sale at retail outlets in Beer and Seaton;   Charmouth;  Lulworth Cove gift shop and Swanage; We love it when our customers write in about their walking trips… Pictured below   (from left to right) are David Stone,  Tom Campbell and Bob Samways who walked from Beer to Exmouth  in Spring 2015.

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Ladram Bay

The famous Jurassic Coast walk