Dorset

Jurassic Jaunt

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Overview

It is mainly about the coast! Depart Weymouth and take in the stunning scenery of the Jurassic Coast passing Portland Bill before heading west through Chesil, Studland beach, Old Harry Rock, Kimmeridge and Lulworth.

Weymouth

A seaside resort filled with Georgian grandeur with shallow water, golden sands, Weymouth is a firm favourite for holidays. Great for outdoor activities or just indulge in an ice cream, pull up a deck chair or may be stroll the colourful harbour with the yachts, tall ships and fishing trawlers.

Portland Bill

The 45m high majestic and colourful Portland Bill lighthouse has proudly stood looking out to the English Channel since 1906. Climb the 153 steps to explore the lantern room and be rewarded with spectacular views of the Jurassic Coast.

Chesil Beach

At the centre of the UNESCO site on the Jurassic coast, the shingle on Chesil Beach stretches for 19 miles from Portland to West Bay, largely separated from the mainland by Fleet Lagoon. Take a stroll and blow the cobwebs away!

Abbotsbury

Visit historic Abbotsbury to feed the swans at Abbotsbury Swannery, take a walk up the hill to Abbotsbury Castle to catch the stunning views or simply relax amongst the subtropical gardens.

Bridport

The fishing village of Bridport, sits amongst the stunning coastal scenery just a mile away from West Bay, home to TV drama Broadchurch. Take a walk, browse the art shops or hire a bike and build up an appetite to visit some of the award winning local restaurants.

Eggardon Hill

Take the drive or walk up Eggardon Hill to the Iron Age fort ruins and be rewarded with 360 degree panoramic views across the Dorset countryside out to the English Channel.

Charmouth

Delight in the old world charm of Charmouth where you can browse the gift shops, relax and unwind and either take a fossil hunting expedition on the beach or explore the marine life in the rock pools.

Forde Abbey

You may recognise the stunning country house and gardens at Forde Abbey from the set of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd. Soak up 900 years of history as you wander the grounds of the historic house.

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Overview

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Weymouth

2
8.8 miles

Portland Bill

3
12.7 miles

Chesil Beach

4
6.0 miles

Abbotsbury

5
9.5 miles

Bridport

6
6.0 miles

Eggardon Hill

7
13.6 miles

Charmouth

8
9.7 miles

Forde Abbey

What to see and do…

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SEA LIFE Weymouth

Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park, Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX

Harrow Wood Farm Caravan Park

Harrow Wood Farm Caravan Park, Poplar Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 8JE

Lulworth Equestrian Centre

Kennel Farm, Coombe Keynes, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QR

Upton Grange Holiday Cottages

Upton Farm, Ringstead, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8NE

Palmers Brewery Tours

The Old Brewery, West Bay Road, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 4JA

Weston Dairy Campsite

Renscombe Rd, Worth Matravers , Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3LL

Lyme Rib Rides Ltd

The Cobb Sea Wall, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3JJ

The Victorian Barn

The Victorian Barn, Dairy House Farm, Woolland, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 0EY

Lulworth Estate

Lulworth Estate, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QS

Somerville, Athelhampton B&B

Somerville, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorset, DT2 7LG

Bournemouth Pier

Pier Approach, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5AA

Short House, Chesil Beach

Short House, Chesil Beach, Labour-in-Vain Lane, West Bexington, Dorset, DT2 9DE

About the Jurassic Jaunt Trail

Distance:66 miles
Cities / Towns:8
Number Of Businesses:19

Weymouth is full of Victorian charm and traditional seaside family entertainment with its golden sands and beautiful harbour. Visit both Sandsfoot Castle and Portland Castle before meeting the majestic Portland Bill Lighthouse.
Take in the ancient Jurassic Coast as you motor along Chesil Beach to the market town of Bridport where you can turn inland towards Eggardon Hill and the Iron Age Fort.
The unspoilt village of Charmouth is an ideal stop off en route to the impressive Forde Abbey and Gardens.

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Dorset Rocks

The Dorset coast is a geological trip through 185 million years where the rock formations tell the story of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. You can see the spectacular formations of Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Gad Cliff and Houns Tout – happy fossil hunting!

Forts & Castles

Explore a range of forts and castles in Devon. Take in Nothe fort at Weymouth, Sandsfoot Castle, visit the Isle of Portland for Portland Castle or really step back in time to the Iron Age at Eggardon Hill fort.

Seaside Towns

A great choice of towns and villages to explore or spend your holiday. From the vibrant Weymouth, with the buzz of traditional seaside to the more peaceful Charmouth you find somewhere to suit all tastes.

Also Nearby

SEA LIFE Weymouth

Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park, Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX

Harrow Wood Farm Caravan Park

Harrow Wood Farm Caravan Park, Poplar Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 8JE

Lulworth Equestrian Centre

Kennel Farm, Coombe Keynes, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QR

Upton Grange Holiday Cottages

Upton Farm, Ringstead, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8NE

Palmers Brewery Tours

The Old Brewery, West Bay Road, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 4JA

Weston Dairy Campsite

Renscombe Rd, Worth Matravers , Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3LL

Lyme Rib Rides Ltd

The Cobb Sea Wall, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3JJ

The Victorian Barn

The Victorian Barn, Dairy House Farm, Woolland, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 0EY