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Lyme Regis – Jurassic Coast

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis is famous worldwide for the abundant and well preserved fossils that are found there eroded from the local cliffs.

Location: Lyme Regis

Rock type: Limestone and dark coloured mudrock

Age: Jurassic, 200 - 195 million years old

Look out for: fossils on the beaches.

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Jurassic Coast

Bubleigh Saltaton cliffs

The Jurassic Coast was granted World Heritage Site status because the rocks record an extraordinary 185 million years of the Earth's history representing a walk through time showing the evolution of species including the rise and fall of the dinosaurs. This varied geology also provides a spectacular view of coastal change supporting rare and important plants and animals.

The coastline is beautiful, with an unparalleled range of natural features. The variety of landslides, beaches, bays and cliffs results in a constantly changing landscape with spectacular features such as the Hooken Landslide, Chesil Beach and Durdle Door. The varying landscape also lends itself to a diverse range of birds and wildlife – puffins and dolphins included!

Most of the Site lies within the Dorset and East Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). These two designated areas recognise nationally important landscapes, conserving both the Site and the wider countryside that surrounds it. The range of interests along this fascinating coastline offers something for everyone.

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