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Orcombe Point – Jurassic Coast

Orcombe Point Geo needle

The western end of the World Heritage Site and the oldest rocks on the Jurassic Coast. Striking Red sandstones and mudstones can be seen in the cliff and the ‘geoneedle' on top of Orcombe point marks the start of the ‘walk through time'.

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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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