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The Coastline - Dorset North

Ringstead Bay can be reached either along the coastal footpath from the east or via the minor road from the A353 east of Osmington. Parking is possible at the National Trust car park above Ringstead Bay and at the beach shop and café at Ringstead itself. Above the eastern part of Ringtead Bay is Burning...
A gentle geological walk along the north shore of Portland Harbour. This walk is best attempted when there is a low tide, especially a low spring tide (which occur around midday when there is a full moon and new moon). Slippery rocks also occur in places especially round the foot...
This guide has been written for the use of members of the general public who are interested in the landscape and underlying geology when walking. This walk crosses the northern side (limb) of the Weymouth Anticline, a dome shaped fold which extends across south Dorset (Weyland – the area south...
Rips are strong currents running out to sea which can quickly drag you out of your depth. Sometimes they reach speeds faster than an Olympic swimmer, so it might not be a surprise that they’re a major cause of accidental drowning on beaches worldwide. They can be difficult to spot,...
Purbeck has had a successful stone industry for centuries and continues today with a number of active quarries. The Portland and Purbeck limestone of late Jurassic and early Cretaceous age (140-150 million years old) is exploited for example at Swanworth Quarry and Keates Quarry near Worth Matravers and Langton Matravers respectively. The stone...
The public are being urged to Respect The Water as latest statistics show accidental drowning deaths increased again last year, with more dying at inland water than around the coast.  There were 277 deaths in the UK from accidental drownings in 2021 across inland and coastal locations. This is an increase of 23...
As part of its ‘Get Set To Go’ programme, Dorset Mind has partnered with Resurface to provide an affordable 12-week course of structured activity. It’s aimed at adults aged 30+, who want to improve their mental wellbeing.   The ethos behind Resurface is to utilise proven therapeutic benefits of surfing, yoga and cold-water immersion to offer a lifestyle activity programme for people looking to improve their mental health and quality of life.  Starting on the...
Once again, swimmers in the UK have been disappointed as the latest bathing water quality data reveals a lack of clean and healthy waters for the summer. According to the European Environment Agency, only 110 coastal and inland sites in the UK were classified as excellent, out of a...
Dorset, a beautiful county located in the south-west of England, offers a variety of attractions and scenic spots for visitors and locals to explore. Here is a list of the top 50 places to visit in Dorset: Durdle Door: A natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast, providing breathtaking coastal...

Discovering the Purbeck coast

All the rocks in Dorset are sedimentary and were deposited in water, mostly in shallow seas. They were deposited during the Jurassic, Cretaceous and Tertiary between about 200 million years ago and 40 million years ago and vary considerably in hardness and therefore resistance to erosion. This is well displayed on the Isle of Purbeck...