Hiking England's Jurassic Coast

Thursday 30 June 2011

The UK must surely offer some of the world's best terrain for hiking. Well-marked paths, regular pub stops and few technically challenging routes mean that almost anyone can get out and enjoy the Great British Outdoors. I recently took the long-overdue train ride from London to Dorset to explore the Jurassic coastline of Southern England. This is a dream destination for geologists and indeed we did bump into a few while walking. Most of the time however we were able to enjoy the natural beauty of this stretch of English coast in almost complete solitude. We hiked around 50 miles in 4 days and found places to stay along the route. Be warned however that on summer weekends it can be very difficult to secure accommodation at short notice. It certainly pays to book ahead. Lulworth Cove Durdle Door, Dorset

Durdle Door natural arch Durdle Door natural arch

 

Lulworth Cove in the morning mist Lulworth Cove in the morning mist

 

Fossil Forest - part of the Jurassic Coast Fossil Forest - part of the Jurassic Coast

 

Mupe Rocks against the clearing mist Mupe Rocks against the clearing mist

 

Mupe Bay, Dorset Mupe Bay, Dorset

 

Looking west from Worbarrow Looking west from Worbarrow

 

Worbarrow Bay and Worbarrow Tout Worbarrow Bay and Worbarrow Tout

 

Sea stacks at Old Harry, Dorset Sea stacks at Old Harry, Dorset

 

Old Harry Old Harry

 

The coast is also home to an active military range, meaning that some parts can be closed during the week. Check the local tourism websites for details if you're planning to come this way. Also don't miss the chance to visit the deserted village of Tyneham - a historical treasure where time has stood still for nearly 70 years. This post is written by Andy Jarosz who owns the 501 Places travel blog.

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