When I heard that Laura at Macs Adventure was working on launching a new walking tour of the Jurassic Coast in England, I confess I had childish visions of a Spielberg-esque trail, with huge gates, the sound of foreboding tremorous footsteps, and disquieting rustles from the bushes.
Thankfully, the Jurassic coast walking holiday is a much more relaxing affair than the fictitious park I had in mind! 95 miles of diverse coastline take you from Devon to Dorset, via 185 million years of geological history.
Geology and Ancient History
Unique insights into the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods can be found along the way, from the “Fossil Forest” of petrified ancient trees near Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door, a 200ft high sea archway made up of Jurassic period chalk. Hunt for fossils on Charmouth Beach, and marvel at the striking white sea stacks of ‘Old Harry Rocks’.
Durdle Door (Left), Old Harry Rocks (Right)
‘The Fleet’ Lagoon between Abbotsbury and Weymouth is the largest inland saltwater lagoon in the UK. A delight for nature lovers, this protected lagoon is teeming with wildlife. Of course, a coastal walk is perfect for sealife spotting, and the final day of the Jurassic Coast walking holiday, in particular, offers some great viewpoints for catching a glimpse of bottlenose dolphins.
Food & Hospitality
Traditional towns and villages along the way offer welcome breaks after each walking day, Weymouth in particular is a lovely old seaside town with a wonderful beach, and many good pubs and restaurants to enjoy. A coastal walking holiday is always an ideal choice for any seafood lover!
Fantastic views of the coastline of the English Channel are a true highlight of this 10-night walking trip; look over to the Isle of Wight, admire the chalk hillside and azure waters of Lulworth Cove, or the famous Chesil Beach, with 18 miles of pebbles. The landscapes of walking route along the Jurassic Coast are truly diverse.
As always, baggage transfer and carefully selected hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses are included, along with information and route notes, and full support to help you make the most of a Jurassic Coast adventure! Great for geology fans, or simply those who enjoy fantastic and rewarding walking.