We are fantastically lucky to be living so near to this stunning piece of natural history. You may not have come to Court Close because of this, but it is well worth just taking a little time to appreciate how amazing it is and take it all in.
UNESCO declared the Dorset and East Devon Coast a World Heritage Site in 2001. It is one of only 166 natural World Heritage Sites in the world. There are only 4 World Heritage Sites in the UK and this is the only natural one, (the others are Stonehenge and Avebury, Bath City and the Mining Landscape of Devon and Cornwall). It is popularly known as the Jurassic Coast and stretches from Exmouth in the West to Studland in the East.
Over 95 miles of coast where you can walk through 185 million years of time. There is nowhere else in the world with so much history in such a small area. All of the land that is part of this site is protected either because it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI), an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or a National Nature Reserve.
The coastline is stunning at all times, the walks are fantastic, and our particular section is the true Jurassic part of the coastline with Charmouth only about 15 minutes away, the best beach for fossiling, and some really stunning fossils can be found. The best days to look for fossils are during and after some really foul weather when new material has been eroded and washed up on the beach. The collecting of fossils is permitted as they would only be washed away anyway, however we have to respect this heritage and not dig in the cliffs or cause any other damage. Charmouth has a visitor centre and at high season a fossil warden who is there to offer help and information to visitors.
There is also a Jurassic Coast Bus which you can hop on and hop off during the day at beaches of your choice.
It is also great to see the coast from the sea and there are special boat trips, but probably these are not so pleasant out of season!
Please look on www.jurassiccoast.com if you would like to know anything further about this fascinating subject and to learn more about the particular sections that are near to us.