Explore: The Jurassic Coast
Explore: The Jurassic Coast

Explore: The Jurassic Coast

Last update by Oliver
May 23, 2023

There is nothing like exploring The Jurassic Coast in the summer with vast beaches and sightseeing. With ample of coastal locations to visit it is the perfect opportunity to take a car tent with you!

The Jurassic Coast region expands across East Devon, Purbeck, West Dorset as well as Weymouth & Portland. With a long history supported by The Jurassic Coast’s interactive, ‘Walk Through Time’, there is plenty of heritage to discover. Preserved by The Jurassic Coast Trust it has been a World Heritage Site since 2001.

Travel & Accommodation

There are around fourteen campsites across The Jurassic Coast but you can book into a variety of different hotel accommodation if you wanted to alternate between camping and a hotel stay. These include glamping, holiday parks and even hostel options.

Find a full list of coastal highlights to visit and take a quick read through of our locations on The Jurassic Coast. Please note, it is always best to plan ahead and drive towards a certain town or location. We would recommend Weymouth as all aspects of the Jurassic Coast can be visited either side. This provides a handy starting point to explore the large stretch of coast.

If you’d like to explore using a car tent our Tentbox specifications allow you to find a car tent that is best suited to your vehicle. Alongside this we have soft and hard back options available for you to choose from to create the ultimate road trip.

Coastal Activities

There is a vast amount to do and explore along the Jurassic Coast, our top four include:
• Fossil collecting
• Beach visits
• Museums & visitor centres
• Dog friendly beaches

Locations on the Jurassic Coast

A full list of the locations in The Jurassic Coast are below for you to explore with key information on the popular sites held near that location and/or town.

East Devon

Popular areas of East devon are:

• Exmouth – a popular watersports destination with two miles of beach and exe estuary.
• Sidmouth – includes villas and mansions which have been converted into hotels as well as Jacob ’s Ladder, a beach for families.
• Beer – home to a miniature railway and beer quarry caves.
• Seaton – includes shingle beaches and access to the Undercliffs Reserve.

The Purbecks

Areas of interest in The Purbecks are:

• Durdle Door – a major landscape accessible by car.
• Lulworth Cove – a popular site of interest due to its unique geology.
• Kimmeridge – a village which features key geology and fossil hunting opportunities.
• Swanage – a town with steam railway and pier.
• Old Harry Rocks – an area great for walking, managed by The National Trust.

West Dorset

Key areas in West Dorset to venture to include:

• Lyme Regis – a small seaside town, home of the Lyme Regis museum.
• Charmouth – famous for its fossils and fossil hunting tours.
• Golden Cap – the highest coastal point in the South of England
• West Bay – the harbour town of high geological interest
• Chesil Beach – a 18 mile long length of beach.

Weymouth and Portland

Reasons why you should visit Weymouth and Portland include:

• Weymouth’s links to the Jurassic coaster bus and it acts as a central point for visiting the coast.
• The Isle of Portland’s large amounts of Jurassic and military history as well as geological interests.

A Jurassic Road Trip Challenge

We’d love to hear about and see your trips exploring The Jurassic Coast with your Tentbox. Contact us and send across your experiences to us. Visit our Facebook and pages and don’t forget to share your Tentbox journey!

Why not take on the challenge and explore all key Jurassic coast locations this summer? Don’t forget, you can visit the Jurassic Coast Trust website to discover more about the charity and how you can support their work in preserving the heritage of the famous coast.

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