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Jurassic CoastDorset

Ridges of limestone and valleys of clay dappled with ancient fossils, weather-battered sea arches curving over the gentle, azure waves of the English Channel and rich geological heritage combine to create a county as scientifically significant as it is beautiful. Dorset is a paradise for the adventurous, with boundless hiking routes and bridleways, and the stunning coastlines attract kayakers, sailors and beach-lovers alike with its incomparable Jurassic heritage.

Dorset is a picturesque county in the South West of England on the coast of the English Channel. Most of its coastline forms part of the Jurassic Coast Natural World Heritage Site, due to its geological significance. It borders the counties of Devon to the west, Somerset to the north-west, Wiltshire to the north-east, and Hampshire to the east. The county town is Dorchester and it also includes the once Hampshire towns of Bournemouth and Christchurch within its borders. Bournemouth is the most populated town in the county.

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Adventures that you can do on your own, with the right knowledge, skills and equipment

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