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Lower Knapp Farm

Devon, England

Why is the Jurassic Coast so well loved?

Posted by Luci Ackers on Oct 21, 2015
The Jurassic Coast in Dorset
The Jurassic Coast in Dorset
  • The Jurassic Coast in Dorset
  • Lulworth Cove
  • Old Harry
  • Durdle Door
  • South West Coast Path


For a fantastic family day out visit Dorset's famous Jurassic Coast. Acknowledged for its UNESCO status, and dating back over 185 million years, this 95 mile stretch of coastline is a hot spot for fossil hunting, famous for the hundreds of different specimens that have been discovered here and a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike.

Dorset and East Devon's World Heritage Site, as the area is properly known, stretches from Orcombe Point in Exmouth round to the Old Harry Rocks at Studland Bay – so there are plenty of beaches, coves and rock formations to chose from. This was England's first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site and, according to Visit Dorset, sits alongside the Great Barrier Reef as one of the top wonders of the natural world...

The coastline is rich in prehistoric remains. Erosion breaks down the different varieties of rock at different speeds and exposes the underlying layers of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rock. Lyme Regis is one of the more noted areas for fossil hunting as the cliffs often crumble to reveal the ancient remains below. It is here where the famous fossil collector and palaeontologist Mary Anning (1799 - 1847) searched and made a name for herself with her finds. Guided walks and fossil hunts are offered up and down this stretch of beach where you can discover the history and evolution of fish, dinosaurs and mammals.

The area is a favourite with walkers and nature lovers; exciting walks are to be had all year round and the stunning scenery has become iconic and instantly recognisable. Here you will find Durdle Door, a limestone arch near Lulworth; Lulworth Cove, an incredible horse-shoe bay; and the Old Harry Rocks, three tall chalk stacks standing out at sea off Handfast Point. All of these sites are a direct result of the erosion that affects the different bands of coastal rock. And as you walk you will come across many beautiful examples of this process.

Discover the incredible scenery for yourself. Dorset has thousands of walks, footpaths, waymarked trails and bridleways to explore. There are many well-signed routes so you can wander by yourself and set your own pace or, alternatively, take part in a guided walk – there are many to find online. The South West Coast Path is the longest National Trail in the UK and runs right along the Jurassic Coast. If walks and scenery are what you're looking for, this is the place for you.

Lower Knapp Farm is perfectly located to explore this stunning area and the walks that criss-cross the landscape. Stay here for yourself and really get to know the area. Follow the link below.


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Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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