Jurassic Coast finally gets a UNESCO World Heritage site status

It may surprise you to learn that only recently a major part of England was named by UNESCO as the first World Heritage site on our shores. What took them so long? The area in question is the historically named “The Jurassic Coast” which straddles East Devon and West Dorset along the coast line.

The Jurassic Coast comprises some 95 miles of historical coastline with what many locals say is unsurpassed beauty. The geological history of this part of the coast begs particularly attention because the landscape demonstrates the development of the Earth through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods in our shared history.

For fossil collectors, the Charmouth beach in West Dorset is the epicentre for making finds of this kind. So much so that guided fossil walks are conducted by fossil experts. The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre is responsible for these engaging walks, which run year round and highlight the history in the area.

When visitors would like to learn more about the geological history in the Jurassic Coast, the fossils that can still be found there and other attractions, then wardens at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre are a fountain of knowledge. For fossil collectors of all ages, learn about sustainable collecting so you can keep your finds in good condition.

If you don’t take a car to The Jurassic Coast, the local X53 bus, which is the Jurassic Coast Bus Service, is a great way to fit in as many of the sights while you’re there. The bus route takes in idyllic scenery while making stops in Exeter, Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Bridport, Weymouth, and Poole (only during the summer months). The best value ticket is the Explorer for unlimited travel at £6 for adults, £4.50 for each of the kids, and a family bus ticket for £13.00 for a maximum of 4 people, two of whom can be adults.