The Jurassic Coast [dead link] is the popular (and now official) name given to a 95 mile (155 km) long stretch of coastline in southern England, incorporating parts of the east Devon and Dorset coasts.
The Jurassic Coast was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 2001  on account of its importance to geology, palaeontology and the sheer beauty of its landscape. The area attracts hundreds of thousands of fossil hunters, hikers, campers and beach-goers each year.
Many of the earliest recognised scientific dinosaur discoveries were made along the Jurassic Coast in the early 19th century, promoting the rise of the science of paleontology. Pioneering fossil hunters like Mary Anning took advantage of the coast's highly fossiliferous cliffs.
There is a South Western Railways service from London Waterloo to Poole and Exeter.
These bus services are of particular use to people visiting the Jurassic Coast:
The attractions of the Jurassic Coast are many. Not to be missed, however, are:
- Hunt for fossils
- Relax on a beach
- Walk the South West Coast Path
- Being on the coast, fresh fish & chips is widely available.
Cliffs can be prone to rockfalls, so avoid walking directly beneath them. This is not an abstract risk: people are killed this way with regrettable frequency.