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Jurassic Coast, Devon & Dorset

Distance from Bath: approx. 75 miles / 120 km

185 million years of the Earth’s history are revealed along the ‘Jurassic’ Coast. This is the finest record of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods in the world, stretching 95 miles from Exmouth in Devon to Old Harry Rocks in Dorset. The town of Lyme Regis is famous for its annual Fossil Festival.

The ‘Jurassic Coast’ trail includes:

Somerset and Dorset countryside: From Bath we drive through beautiful countryside, pausing at Chard or Montacute House. Chard is linked with King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and Camelot. Montacute is a magnificent Elizabethan house incorporating part of London’s National Portrait Gallery.

Walk to Golden Cap (1 mile/1.5 km): the highest point on the coast (191 metres/625 feet) with magnificent views in all directions!

Picnic lunch

Cliff-top walk (2.5 miles/4 km): downhill all the way to Charmouth beach!

Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre: here you can learn about the rocks and fossils of the ‘Jurassic’ Coast, go fossil hunting on the beach (depending on tide time), take off your shoes and paddle in sea!

Lyme Regis and The Cobb: The Cobb (Harbour) dates from the 13th Century and has inspired artists and writers such as Jane Austen and John Fowles. The French Lieutenant's Woman was filmed here.

World Heritage Trails

Guided tours- Bath
Guided tours- Stonehenge & Avebury
Guided tours- the Jurassic Coast
Guided tours- Blaenavon

Local Heritage Trails

Cheddar Gorge
Forest of Dean
The Cotswolds
© 2008 World Heritage Trails (Bath). Site by WynnUK. Photos © Southwest Tourism, keeping watch by Mark Gibson, The last picture of Durdle Door by Richard Schofield