The Jurassic Coast stretches from Old Harry Rocks in Dorset (near the middle of Britain’s south coast), right through to Orcombe Point in Devon.
The Jurassic Coast is achingly beautiful and, despite its misleading name, has a distressingly low number dinosaurs in the area.
1. The journey begins with a rather sexy rock formation.
Old Harry Rocks are right on the eastern tip of the Jurassic Coast. You’d be hard pushed to find a finer chalk stack + stump combination, and we don’t say that lightly.
2. Just around the corner is the lovely seaside town of Swanage.
As well as some cracking views, Swanage also has some of the best fish and chip shops IN THE WORLD.
3. If there’s one thing the Jurassic Coast does well, it’s bays…
This one is Durlston Bay, the perfect spot for a peaceful stroll. If you squint into the distance, you can just make out Old Harry Rocks.
4. …and if you like nice, picturesque-looking lighthouses, you won’t go far wrong.
Anvil Point Lighthouse is over 130 years old, and has a view all the way down the coast to Portland Bill Lighthouse (which we’ll come on to later).
5. Dancing Ledge has a secret swimming spot…
If you ever visit Dancing Ledge it’s customary to go for a dip in the rock pool. Just watch out for jellyfish.
6. …and Winspit has an abandoned stone quarry.
The caves at Winspit are dark, full of bats, and absolutely worth a visit (they were even used as a filming location for an old Doctor Who episode, “The Underwater Menace”).
7. When the sun sets at Winspit, it looks like this.
8. And the sunset at Kimmeridge Bay is nothing to be sniffed at, either.
9. A walk along the coast at Tyneham gives you an absolutely stunning view…
10. …and if you stumble across Worbarrow Bay, you’ll be gobsmacked by just how incredibly still the water is.
11. Seriously, look at it. Barely a ripple.
12. Further along is the hard-to-reach Mupe Bay.
This part of the Jurassic Coast is actually only accessible at certain times, when the local military firing range – the Lulworth Ranges – opens up to the public.
13. If you walk down this path…
14. …you’ll be treated to views like this…
Lulworth Cove is a popular spot with both tourists and locals. If you fancy a day out – complete with jaw-dropping scenery – you could do a fair bit worse.
15. …and you can go exploring in places like this.
This is Stair Hole, a tiny cove not far from Lulworth.
16. Remember what we said about the bays along the Jurassic Coast? Well here’s another gem.
St Oswald’s Bay is as beautiful as it is secluded.
17. Durdle Door is a truly memorable sight year-round…
If you’ve got a thing for natural limestone arches (and frankly, who doesn’t?) this spot should be high up on your checklist.
18. The arch looks spectacular as the sun goes down…
19. …and just as good when the stars come out.
20. In fact, dawn or dusk seem to be the perfect times to visit the coast.
Bat’s Head is not far along from Durdle Door. If you look closely at the headland in the picture, you can just make out Bat’s Cave – a small cave that carves a path through the headland and lets the sunlight through.
21. If you go to White Nothe on a clear day, you can see for miles….
22. …and from the colourful Ringstead Bay you can just make out Portland in the distance.
The Isle of Portland juts out into the English Channel, marking the unofficial halfway point in our little trip.
23. Osmington Mills looks like something out of a hazy dream…
24. …and Weymouth Harbour really lights up at night.
Remember watching the mighty Ben Ainslie pick up a sailing gold medal at London 2012? That all happened in Weymouth.
25. The view from Portland makes even the rustiest of pipes look good.
26. And if you walk right to the tip of Portland…
27. …you’ll find this rather impressive lighthouse.
Portland Bill Lighthouse looks back along the coast to Anvil Point. It’s over 40 metres tall and around 300 years old.
28. Next up is one of Britain’s most famous beaches.
You can see Chesil Beach stretching away for miles into the distance from Portland.
29. It’s easy to understand why Ian McEwan picked this spot as the setting for one of his novels.
30. If you walk through Abbotsbury, you can see Chesil Beach stretching right back to Portland.
31. Here’s another place that might look familiar.
This is West Bay, and those cliffs were made famous by their appearance on ITV drama Broadchurch.
32. Again, it’s not hard to see why they picked West Bay as a good location to set things.
34. …even the local wildlife find time to appreciate the view.
35. When the setting sun catches the sky just right at Charmouth, it looks like this.
36. And the scenery at Lyme Regis is cracking…
37. …with or without the boats.
38. You can even stand on The Cobb and watch the sun go down.
The Cobb is a stone pier that snakes into the harbour and attracts many a fisherman.
39. If you look out over Pinhay Bay, you can see the whole coastline stretching into the distance…
40. …and around the corner, Charton Bay is nice and secluded.
41. When you make it to seaside village of Beer, you can look out across Seaton Bay…
42. …then go for a walk along the shingle beach.
Make sure you sample some fresh seafood and local cider while you’re at it (two things Beer does extremely well).
43. Branscombe looks as good when the weather’s stormy…
44. …as Sidmouth does when the weather’s clear.
If you visit Sidmouth, be sure to check out the floral gardens (they’ve won all sorts of awards).
46. …as it is when the sun rises.
47. Further along the coast is the wonderfully named town of Budleigh Salterton.
It’s got a great name, and a great pebble beach.
48. Which looks like this as the sun goes down.
49. And finally, after 95 miles of coastline, you reach Exmouth…
50. …and Orcombe Point, which marks the end of the Jurassic Coast.
The South West Coastal Path actually runs the entire length of the Jurassic Coast; if you have a week or so spare and you’re not shy of a few hills, you could walk from Orcombe Point all the way to Old Harry Rocks. It’d probably take you a minimum of five days or so, but hey – just think of all those delicious views.