The East Devon and Dorset Coast between Orcombe Point in Exmouth and Studland Bay near Poole represents the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The layers of sedimentary rock along the Jurassic Coast can be read like a book. They reveal the history of Earth across 185 million years and form a near complete record of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
As such the site is of outstanding international importance for Earth Science, and for this reason the Dorset and East Devon Coast – the Jurassic Coast – was designated as England’s first natural World Heritage Site in 2001.
Easily accessed by the South West coast path this stunning section of Devon’s coastline offers some great walks and views as well as beautiful beaches.
Why not take the opportunity to explore this half term?
But stay safe and remember the golden rules of exploring the Jurassic Coast:
1. Stay away from the edge of cliffs – admire the view from a safe distance
2. Never lie or sit under the cliffs
3. Adhere to warning signs – they are there for your safety
4. Check tide times before you set off- avoid being cut off by incoming tides
5. Be aware of mud flows – don’t get stuck
6. Keep dogs on leads near the cliff edge
There are many ways in which you can volunteer and play a part in supporting the Jurassic Coast. The Jurassic Coast Trust is the independent charity responsible for looking after the World Heritage Site, and they have many ways for you to get involved, find out more at: