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The Jurassic Coast by Air and Foot

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November 15, 2016

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to go on a helicopter flight over the Jurassic coast, an amazing experience which I highly recommend.
Being just half an hour long, it didn’t go all the way along the 96 mile coastline, instead concentrating on the area heading east from Exmouth along the Lyme Bay coastline to Lyme Regis and Charmouth and back again.
We visit Lyme Regis and Charmouth fairly regularly but have never visited the Devon part of the Jurassic coastline which stretches as far as Orcombe Point near Exmouth so on a weekend break to Lyme Regis I was determined to visit some of the coastline I flew over and one of the first pieces of the coastline we saw was the beach at Beer.
The view over Beer Beach
Beer is a quaint and beautiful seaside town with narrow roads and picturesque houses which leads down to the beach.
Beer, Devon
The shingle beach at Beer boasts a small fleet of working fishing boats and the surrounding picturesque white chalk cliffs provide a natural suntrap sheltering the cove from prevailing westerly winds although we did visit on a stormy Autumnal day.
Beer, Devon
Give the kids a beach and they love to run, explore and play and the steep shingle bank made an excellent slide.
Beer, Devon
At the eastern end of the beach there is a small concrete pier that you can stand on to get great views over the next town along – Seaton.
Beer Beach
The cliffs here are Cretaceous chalk cliffs but you can clearly see them change just beyond Seaton where the cliffs change from white to the older Triassic red rock cliffs.
Beer Beach
After exploring for about an hour we decided to head round the corner to Seaton which we did by car as the coastal path was quite steep and slippery underfoot and you could not walk around the beach way.
Beer Beach
Seaton is a larger town than Beer which also faces onto Lyme Bay and lies to the west of the mouth of the River Axe.
The kids loved clambering over the impressive sculptures on the promenade which invite spectators to consider the power of the sea and its relationship with the land.
There are two to admire – one saying “Waves shapes the shore” and the other saying “Shore shapes the waves”
Like Beer, the beach is shingle and as the weather took a turn for the worse we headed to the local fish and chip restaurant FryDays to shelter from the rain and enjoy a spot of lunch.
I was torn between heading west to Sidmouth or east to Charmouth but the kids were keen to try some fossil hunting so we decided upon Charmouth next which is around a 20 minute drive away.
I failed to check the tide times for our visit and it was high tide which made fossil hunting impossible, however, the women in the visitor centre were amazing. They showed the kids just what to look for on the beach, how to find it and even what the creatures would have looked like millions of years ago.
As the weather was stormy we were told the best places to look for fossils the next day as the waves would have churned up the beach and brought lots to the surface.
I don’t think I have ever seen the tide so high in Charmouth and the waves were licking the steps down to the shoreline. It didn’t stop Isaac from doing a spot of rock climbing though.
The weather wasn’t being particularly kind to us by now so we decided to pause our beach exploration and head back to Harcombe House where we were staying with a plan to go to Lyme Regis the next day.
Lyme Regis
What a difference a day makes to the weather – glorious sunshine and so warm we soon ditched our jumpers – not bad for November.
Lyme Regis
We parked in Charmouth Road car park (£2 for 24 hours) which looks across to Charmouth and Golden Cap – the highest point in Dorset and the kids were excitedly pointed out where we were yesterday. This time the tide was out and the sea nice and calm which made it the perfect day for fossil hunting.
Lyme Regis
Not sure fossil hunting was on the kids minds though, they were too busy exploring the shoreline and seeing what creatures they could spot.
Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis is famous for its historic Cobb and it and the harbour are iconic features, set against moody blue cliffs. The town is famous for its fossil finds and there are a number of museums and art galleries to visit if the beach gets too much.
Cobb at Lyme Regis
I am always a little nervous walking along the Cobb with the kids as it isn’t fenced off, but they always insist on doing it anyway and thankfully Grandad was there to help too.
Lyme Regis
One of the buildings on the Cobb has even been converted to house a marine aquarium much to the kids delight.
Lyme Regis
Here is the view from the end of the Cobb!
Lyme Regis Cobb
Part of the beach at Lyme Regis is much like the rest of the Jurassic coast and is shingle, but by the harbour is a sandy spot where you can indulge in some sandcastle building.
Lyme Regis
We have by no means finished exploring the Jurassic coast but the helicopter flight with Red Letter Days has certainly inspired me to find new beaches to see.
These stunning red cliffs are Sidmouth in Devon which is next on my must visit list!
Have you visited Dorset or Devon – which is your favourite part of the coastline to visit?

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  1. Reply

    Gina Caro @ Gypsy Soul

    November 15, 2016

    Wow what an amazing experience, your photos are fantastic. We live in Devon but don’t think I’m brave enough to go in a helicopter, I’m such a wuss 🙂

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    Lisa Backsnbumps

    November 16, 2016

    Amazing photos that must have been a fantastic experience. We go to Charmouth as well and have been fossil hunting on the beach, the kids love it.

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    Dean of Little Steps

    November 16, 2016

    This is amazing! I saw some photos on your Instagram and they were all lovely, although I must admit I’m afraid of heights, but would love to experience this too, since the Jurassic coast is one of my favourite places here in England 🙂

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    Cathy Glynn

    November 16, 2016

    I have never been in a helicopter but the views look stunning. I wish we lived closer to the coast and next time we are down south it would be great to visit some of these places x

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    Sarah MumofThree World

    November 16, 2016

    Wow, it all looks stunning – from both land and air! I think I would be very nervous of a helicopter flight, but what an experience! We’ve only visited Dorset very briefly, to see our friends in Weymouth. I used to holiday in Devon as a child, but I probably haven’t been there since I was about 10!

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    Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    November 16, 2016

    Gorgeous photos! It looks like a really stunning place to visit – and you can’t go wrong with a bit of fossil hunting! 🙂

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    JuggleMum, Nadine Hill

    November 16, 2016

    England is just so naturally pretty in places – this being one! I’m so in awe of your helicopter ride… I’d love that!

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    Bek Dillydrops

    November 16, 2016

    Wow-what an amazing place! This sounds like the perfect place for my children to visit. My son has always wanted to look for fossils

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    Marie Barber

    November 16, 2016

    Ive never flown in a helicopter before but those views look amazing and the beach and harbour are stunning a fantastic place to visit.

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    Coombe Mill - Fiona Cambouropoulos

    November 16, 2016

    How wonderful to first see the coast by helicopter and then decide which places to follow up on. I have been to Beer a couple of times, it is a cute little harbour and I’m sure I remember a ship wreck story from there too. The sculptures along the coast look made for climbing on, I remember seeing those photos on Instagram and wondering where you were, now it all makes sense. Day two sounds like the one with the good weather and some gorgeous photos down on the beaches there. All in an action packed weekend with so many places visited.
    Thank you for sharing your discoveries on #CountryKids

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    Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    November 17, 2016

    What amazing photos! This looks like such a wonderful experience.
    I would love to go up in the helicopter, the views look breath taking x

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    November 17, 2016

    What a fab experience your pictures are gorgeous I would love to do a helicopter ride but I’m to much of a wuss xx

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    five little doves

    November 17, 2016

    WOW!! What an amazing experience! I would LOVE to do that but my fear of flying means that I will only ever see it through the eyes of somebody else! Amazing photos, thank you for sharing!

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    tracey at Mummyshire

    November 17, 2016

    Oh I love the photo of the three of them sitting on the wall – such a great shot of the siblings!
    Looks like you had the most amazing experience. It must’ve been wonderful to see the coast by air and then explore bits of it further on the land. I’m sure the children had the most amazing day!

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    Mary Louise

    November 17, 2016

    You really have experienced some parts of the jurassic coast. Such a beautiful part of the world and getting to see the scenes from above must of been amazing!

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    November 17, 2016

    What amazing pictures and an incredible experience. My boys would love climbing those sculptures

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    Fashion and Style Police

    November 18, 2016

    I have never been inside a helicopter before. Would love to one day.

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    November 18, 2016

    It looks amazing. You really do make me want to explore down south x

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    Jo Addison

    November 18, 2016

    What a wonderful way to see Devon – or anywhere really! We have been to Cornwall a couple of times, but never been to Devon but I was thinking about taking the kids there next year. They love fossil hunting so I think they will l enjoy it.

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    November 19, 2016

    Now that is an experience. I have always wanted to go up in a helicopter and those views are just stunning x

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    Kate Williams

    November 20, 2016

    It looks amazing there, putting it on my list of places to visit next summer!

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    The Mummy Diary

    November 20, 2016

    Wow, I haven’t spent much time in this part of the world but I really need to as it looks stunning and just perfect for my dino loving son. Definitely on my to visit list for next year and by air it looks amazing and such a great way to see the coast.

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    November 21, 2016

    What an amazing experience! Stunning photos!

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    November 22, 2016

    What an amazing experience – your photos are amazing x x

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