Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Devon

SEATON, Devon, EX12 2LD

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Jurassic Coast along the left-hand side of the coast
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The Jurassic Coast Devon

Enjoy the beauty of the Jurassic Coastline in Devon, miles of breathtaking coastal paths, stunning views and historic landmarks.

The Jurassic Coast in Devon runs from Exmouth to Lyme Regis in Dorset and is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its outstanding historical significance. This unspoilt stretch of coastline reveals a unique geological portrait of 185 million years of the Earth’s history sequentially exposed in dramatic cliffs, secluded caves, coastal stacks and barrier beaches. The tilt of the rocks creates a ‘walk through time’ that includes the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods, and the whole site is of tremendous aesthetic, educational and research importance.

Exmouth marks the start of the Jurassic Coast and is marked by a 5 metre Geo-needle at Orcombe Point. The coastline changes as you walk along the timeline of the Jurassic Coast – at Exmouth you can see the Triassic Rock – rich and red with unique stacks at Ladram Bay.

To the east of Sidmouth, the Cretaceous upper layer known as Salcombe Stone emerges, while at the village of Beer, the veins of gypsum can be seen, and the soft chalk cliffs dominate the landscape.

Explore the Jurassic Coast

One fantatsic way to view the Jurassic Coast is from the cliff tops – and walking is the perfect way to do so. The Devon Jurassic Coastline also forms part of the South West Coast Path, with hundreds of miles of footpaths to be explored and enjoyed. The South West Coast Path has a 7 day walking itinerary where you can explore the beautiful coastal villages and beaches along the way.  

Some say the best way to explore the Jurassic Coast's staggering views and scenery is from the water! Whether this be by kayak, paddleboard or even a cruise. Find watersports providers in the region here and for a mesmerising trip along the waters, be sure to take a look at Stuart Line Cruises here.

Fossil Hunting on the Jurassic Coast

One of the best things about the Jurassic Coast is the plethora of fossils that have been discovered on the beaches and cliffs. Fossil hunting is a great pastime for adults and kids alike – however making sure you are safe whilst fossil hunting is of upmost importance.

Only collect loose fossils you find amongst the sand and rocks – never pick at the cliffs. Ensure you check the tide times, and stay away from the cliff face. Please abide by the Code of Conduct. In particular, do not dig into the cliffs or beach, observe local signs, only take what you need and be safe!

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Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
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