Jurassic Coast and Beaches
Our guide to what to see and do on the Jurassic Coast and Purbeck's best beaches!
From traditional seaside to the ancient Jurassic Coast!
If you are looking for a holiday by the sea – Purbeck offers an excellent variety of beaches and stunning cliffside views.
Choose from the traditionally wholesome English seaside town experience at Swanage or eco-friendly, natural unspoilt beaches at Studland. Or travel back in time to amazing beaches and coastline cliffs where you may discover the ancient fossils of dinosaurs along the Jurassic coast!
Travel back in time on the Jurassic Coast!
The Purbeck coastline is part of a 95 mile stretch known as the ‘Jurassic Coast’ England’s first natural World Heritage site which is renowned for its geology and fossils. It is the only place on Earth where rocks from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods can be seen in one place, representing 185 million years of Earth’s history. In 2001, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, standing alongside areas such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon.
This truly outstanding coastline offers a unique insight into 185 million years of the Earth’s history where fossils of strange and terrifying creatures have simply tumbled out of the cliffs. Not surprisingly it has become one of the most popular destinations in Britain, with millions of visitors every year.
There is plenty to see and explore along the Jurassic Coast from the iconic Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door to fossil hunting at Kimmeridge Bay or visiting the fascinating marine fossil collections at the Etches Museum or discover some 145 million year old Dinosaur Footprints at Langton Matravers, near Swanage. Don’t miss the stunning coastline walks at Durlston Country Park and the unique chalk stacks of Old Harry Rocks.
You can find out more about the Jurassic Coast at The Jurassic Coast Trust website. Including a guide the geology of the area, fossil hunting and a fossil finder.
The Jurassic coastline of Purbeck also forms part of the South West Coast Path which starts from Minehead in Somerset and ends at Poole Harbour. Along this part of the trail in Purbeck there’s some stunning coastline views to discover (look out for the acorn symbol on walks).
For more information see the South West Coast Path website.
From traditional seaside to natural coves - Purbeck’s beaches
As well as the lovely beaches along the Jurassic coast, Purbeck has a good variety of beaches to offer for visitors looking for a traditional seaside getaway, Swanage has a lovely sandy beach with all the amenities nearby.
Just a short drive away you will also find the natural, unspoilt beaches of Studland bay where you can wander along the sand dunes or catch a ferry to Sandbanks and Poole.
Or discover some of the lovely, natural beaches nestled in the coastline of Purbeck such as the pretty Worbarrow Bay near Tyneham.