By / 21st April, 2016 / Blog, News / Off

Discovering the Jurassic Coast from Bournemouth…

Spanning from East Devon to Dorset the Jurassic Coast is an immensely popular destination for keen walkers and explorers who are looking for incredible excursions, rich in history and natural beauty.

Bournemouth is lucky to be next door to the Jurassic Coast so we have written this short blog to explain how you can best explore this historic coastline, including some of the most popular sites to look out for.

How to Explore

Getting your boots on and heading out on foot really is the best way to enjoy the breathtaking sites the Jurassic Coast has to offer. Between Old Harry Rocks to Exmouth are over 95 miles of magnificent coastline which makes up part of the South West’s Coast Path National Trail.

Within this are hundreds of miles of connecting footpaths and bridleways which pave the way for a huge variety of walking routes along the coast. These offer a host of memorable views from dramatic cliff top vistas to panoramic ocean views and intricate, historic rock formations.

Although the South West Coast Path is walkable all year round, the eroding nature of the coastline means sections can frequently be changed or diverted so if you are visiting we suggest using a local tour guide. Alternatively, you can visit the South West Coast Path website for the latest information on walking route changes.

If you love to plan your own trips the Jurassic Coast is covered by Ordnance Survey Explorer maps 115, 116 and OL15.

If you would love to visit the Jurassic coast in a shorter space of time, there are also cycling routes, coach and boat tours which run regularly throughout the year.

What to Look Out For

It’s not always the journey that offers the best peace, but the breaks and stops along your way. The Jurassic coast has many museums and attractions for you to visit during your trek, such as the quarry caves in Beer, Weymouth’s Jurassic Skyline Tour or Charmouth’s Heritage Coast centre.

Further in shore in nearby Bovington you can also visit the ever popular Tank Museum which offers world’s best collection of tanks & action packed live displays.

Whilst walking you will take in some fantastic views, but you should also keep a keen eye to the ground as there are plenty of fossils to be found along the coast. If you enjoy fossil hunting our suggestion is to join a guided fossil walk from the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre or Lyme Regis Museum. We’d also recommend fossil hunters to visit during the winter as the rough weather tends to make them easier to spot.

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door

A beautiful natural arch and secluded cove whose existence are owed to the collision of continents which was linked to the birth of the Alps. A very popular destination for its outstanding natural beauty you will also find a number of local shops, pubs and eateries nearby.

Durdle Door on Jurassic Coast in Dorset, UK.

Handfast Point and Old Harry Rocks

This amazing cliff edge juts out from the south coast and can be seen from Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth and many of the surrounding coastal towns. The beaming white chalk Handfast Point and Old Harry Rocks are immensely popular sights amongst keen photographers due to the incredible views spanning across the surrounding south coast.

Old Harry Rocks, Dorset, United Kingdom

Chesil Beach

Standing on Chesil Beach looking out it is evident just how powerful the sea can be. The shingle ridge stretches for miles and the constant sound of the waves crashing into the beach is an experience to behold.

The Chesil Beach, seen from Portland Bill.

We hope if you are planning a trip to visit the Jurassic Coast this article has been helpful. The Ramada Encore is located only a short walk from Bournemouth beach and pier so be sure to pop in for a good night’s sleep during your tour of the Jurassic coast.