Exmouth

Your Jurassic Coast journey begins with Exmouth. Exmouth is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Exmouth occupies a sheltered position on the eastern side of the Exe. Until the eighteenth century it was a small fishing village like many others along the coast. Exmouth is mainly residential and owing

Weymouth

Weymouth could call itself the capital of the Jurassic Coast, since it’s half way along and is the only large town. The beach is huge; a river-like harbour separates the halves of the town; more than three miles of breakwaters enclose the newer Portland Harbour, home of a National Sailing Academy. Stripey deckchairs, candy-floss stalls

Lyme Regis

“King’s” Lyme, once a major port, now lives on its attractiveness. Two centuries ago, society visitors such as Jane Austen took tea in the Assembly Rooms (near where the clock now stands at the town’s midpoint). Tourism has boomed since The French Lieutenant’s Woman was written and then filmed here. Quaint streets and pathways are

Charmouth

The long beach in Charmouth lies about a quarter of a mile from the village centre. It is a mix of shingle stone and sand divided by the river Char. Apart from beach activities there are fossils to look for as well as rock pools to explore at low tide. The Heritage Centre gives you

Swanage

Swanage is a charming base for exploring the “Isle” of Purbeck, which is even less of an “isle” than Portland: it is the block of hill country with which the Jurassic Coast ends, facing toward the real Isle of Wight. Swanage town nestles among craggy headlands — Durlston Head, Peveril Point, The Foreland and Old

Dorchester

Dorchester may have started as the Romans’ camp while they were besieging the native people of Dorset, the Durotriges, in their huge earthen fortress of Maiden Castle nearby.  The square outline of the Roman walls is partly preserved and partly marked by the tree-lined Walks.  Though the town has overspread those limits, it is still

Seatown

A hamlet set in a coombe just south of Charmouth. The few cottages and inn are dwarfed by the great cliffs of the Golden Cap and Thorncombe Beacon, which rise either side of it and are part of the National Trust Land. West ward of Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast, is

Eype

Eype Village situated two miles west of Bridport nestling in its own valley. Reached by one narrow road and several footpaths. The beach at Eype’s Mouth has a charm of its own and stretches westwards towards Thorncombe Beacon at the seaward side of Eype Down. A small Victorian church is built on higher ground. Called