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Jurassic Coast

Have you ever wanted to go back in time and walk with the dinosaurs? Well in Devon you can do just that! The Jurassic coast contains 185 millions years of our planets history in just a 95 mile stretch of coastline from East Devon to East Dorset. Along this stretch of shoreline you can take a glimpse back in time to the Jurassic period as well as the even older Triassic and Cretaceous periods.

The Jurassic coast as been deemed so important that it has been granted the status of a Natural World Heritage Site which is the very first in England, allowing it to rank along side the likes of the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon.

If you want to do a spot of dinosaur hunting when you next stay in a Devon Cottage then there is no better place to start than the beaches along the Jurassic Coast. Here you can hunt for fossils of ammonites, belemnites and ichthyosaurs to name but a few. New fossils are always discovered as the cliffs above are eroded. You might even discover something truly amazing amongst the sand as recently a skull belonging to a 2.4m long pliosaur was found.

Visit some of the visitor centres and museums found along the coast for even more information on the areas amazing past and marvel at some of the fascinating fossils and discoveries that have been made. You can even take guided fossil hunts to help you find and identify different fossils.

The next time you’re on holiday in Devon or Dorset why not go fossil hunting, who knows what you might discover.

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