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Frances McCann
Frances McCann

Walk of the Week: The Jurassic Coast, England

Welcome to Walk of the Week. We're starting this feature to give a little bit of the limelight to some of our favourite walking trails, the ones which we feel deserve some love and praise. From the absolute classics to the slightly more obscure routes (and everything inbetween) we'll introduce a new walking trail each week. This week, it's the turn of England's Jurassic Coast.

In a Nutshell

  • Distance: 108 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
The Jurassic Coast is a great coastal walk for all the usual reasons coastal walks are so brilliant, with the added allure of fossil hunting along the way.

Where is it?

The route runs from from Exmouth to Studland, taking in some of England's most interesting geology from the red sandstone stacks (dating from the Triassic period) to the iconic limestone sea archway of Durdle Door (pictured). Durdle Door on England's Jurassic Coast

Why walk it?

It's a bit of a walk through time, great for anyone with even just a passing interest in geology or history, or if you simply love a coast path! All the usual draws of a good coastal walk are there; the cliffs, the beaches, the lovely seaside towns with great hospitality and seafood, but with added insights into the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods spanning over 185 million years of the Earth’s history, such as the Fossil Forest beyond Lulworth Cove. Fascinating stuff.

Planning to Walk the Jurassic Coast

Macs adventure have a 10 night self guided walking itinerary on the Jurassic Coast, which includes accommodation, baggage transfer each day, and all the route notes and info you'll need. The walking holiday is available from March - October (it gets dark a bit too early after October to complete the full route, but for information on day walks out of season, you can visit http://jurassiccoast.org/). Contact info@macsadventure.com if you'd like more information. Ladram Bay in Devon We hope our Walk of the Week series inspires you to try a new trail, maybe one you might not have thought of before. Happy hiking!
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