Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Jurassic Coast Team have pulled together a series of lovely short walks for you to enjoy. All of them start at bus stops along the Jurassic Coaster bus route in West Dorset. The walks have been researched, checked (and re-checked!) by our wonderful volunteers.

The Jurassic Coast is England’s only natural World Heritage Site, a unique place where the rocks and fossils reveal 185 million years of the Earth’s history.  Discover wild natural beauty, cosy seaside havens and fabulous local food and drink. While you are exploring, bear in mind: this coast looks like it does because of erosion. Erosion means that the coast is dynamic and is always on the move.

You should always keep your wits about you, whether you are out walking, fossil hunting or having a picnic. It is easy to enjoy the Jurassic Coast without putting yourself or others at risk. Don’t forget:

1. Always stay away from the cliffs (top and bottom). There is always a risk of landslides and rock falls and they can, and do, happen any time
2. Mud flows can extend across the beaches – be alert; they look deceptively like the beach itself
3. Never ignore a warning sign – they are there for your safety
4. Always check tide times before you set off along the beach. You may become cut off if the tide comes in. There are free Tide Time apps - why not download one so you can check before you go out

Sally King, Jurassic Coast and Dorset AONB Visitor, Tourism and Access Manager said: “We’re really grateful to the volunteers who helped research these walks. We plan to publish more walks along other parts of the coast and inland in the future. If you are interested in researching and checking more walks, please keep an eye out on social media and the local press – we will be asking for your help again!”

If you find any issues with any of the routes, please do let us know. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Abbotsbury via the Coast Path

Brit Valley Walk

Burton Bradstock Coastal Circular

Burton Bradstock Inland Circular

Burton Bradstock to West Bay

Fleet Lagoon Circular

Over Portesham Hill

Portesham via the old Railway

Portesham Withy Beds

Short circular from Chickerell

West Bexington on the Coast Path






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