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The Dorset coastline is notable for it's 'Jurassic Coast' designation. The Dorset and East Devon 'Jurassic Coast' World Heritage Site is England's first natural UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) World Heritage Site. It covers 95 miles of beautiful and varied coastline from East Devon to Dorset (stretching from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in East Dorset), with rock cliffs recording 185 million years of history spanning the Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous and Mesozoic periods.

Erosion of the cliffs, beaches, and sea stacks gives a ready supply of fossils to the beaches, particularly along the West Dorset coastal area.

Notable natural coastal features in Dorset include the imposing natural arch at Durdle Door, the cove and limestone rocks at Lulworth Cove and the nearby Isle of Portland.

Coastal towns and cities within Dorset include Poole, Weymouth and Bournemouth.


Dorset Map

Counties neighbouring Dorset

 Somerset  Hampshire
Devon Dorset  
    Isle of Wight


Dorset places

Bournemouth - Bridport - Charmouth - Lyme Regis - Poole - Seatown - Swanage - West Lulworth - Weymouth


Blog news

Blog entries

Bexhill Sea Angling Festival
Aug 7, 2013
New website launched
Jul 8, 2013
Top 5 Coastal Breaks
December 12, 2011


Some of our Dorset favourites from Twitter

Today's quick scribble in my "doodle-a-day" book across Lyme Bay from Cogden Beach

30 Oct 13

Fantastic view from @AnchorAtSeatown tonight! #beautiful #jurassiccoast

9 Jul 13

@SpeedBoat_Rides i went on it as had been on for years now. Did get some Photos..

17 Aug 13

A peaceful end to a manic wknd :)

7 Jul 13

A few Dorset places to go

Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach, shingle bank, sheltering the Fleet lagoon.

Chesil Beach, Weymouth, Dorset

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