Devon & Dorset Coast, The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

Devon & Dorset Coast, World Heritage Site, Map East Devon Coast West Dorset Purbeck Coast Portland

The World Heritage Site can be considered as four sections, East Devon Coast, West Dorset Coast, Portland Island, Purbeck Coast. Click on any of the yellow buttons on the map above to get to individual sections of the Devon & Dorest World Heritage Site.

The coastal geology is particularly good for spotting fossils, including dinosaur footprints and the fossil forest.

East Devon has Ladram Bay with red rocks of the Triassic deserts being exposed as stunning coastal scenery carved out by the English Channel.

West Dorset has Lyme Regis home of the great fossilist Mary Anning (1799-1847), the cliffs at Charmouth with their wealth of fossils, and Chesil Beach with its moving pebbles

Portland Island. Portland Stone has an even structure and can be cut or sculpted in any direction. This pliability, plus its hardness, colour and durability, makes Portland limestone particularly suitable as a building stone. Quarrying for Portland Stone took off when Christopher Wren used the stone to rebuild St Paul's Cathedral.

Purbeck Coast. Lulworth Cove where a perfect horseshoe bay has developed where a stream cut through the limestone and let the sea enter the valley and hollow out the softer clays lying behind the limestone barrier. The Cove is one of the most famous features within the World Heritage Site.The Fossil Forest can be seen east of Lulworth Cove on a wide ledge in the cliff. Kimmeridge Bay and Durlston Head are worth looking at too.

Jurassic Coast Jurassic Coast in Wikipedia

The Jurassic Coast

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World Heritage Sites in Britain