location where the photographs were taken
find out morefind out more


The Dorset Coast

Dorset is fortunate in having one of the most varied coastlines of any county in the country. This variety stems from the markedly different rock types that are exposed along the shores. Sandstones, chalk, clays and limestones are arranged in a complex layer-cake that has then been buckled and tilted – resulting in a cross-section through time and evolution that gives a distinctively different character to each and every bay and cliff along the coast.

As you travel from East to West along the coastline you are also travelling back through time. From Studland Bay westwards to Lyme Regis the rocks provide an almost unbroken record of the changes in climate and life forms over a time span estimated to be 135 million years. The completeness of the record and the fact that it is all exposed and accessible for study along the many sea-cliffs means that the coast is also of great scientific importance – a fact recognised by the recent designation of the coastline as a natural World Heritage Site.

096-01 The Dorset Coast 096-02 The Dorset Coast 096-03 The Dorset Coast 096-04 The Dorset Coast 096-05 The Dorset Coast
096-06 The Dorset Coast 096-07 The Dorset Coast 096-08 The Dorset Coast 096-09 The Dorset Coast 096-10 The Dorset Coast
To view any image full size - simply click on the thumbnail

Find out more ...

In the top row of pictures:

In the bottom row of pictures:

Galleries on this site showing more of the Dorset Coast:

Other sites on the web

West's Geology Field Guide to the South Coast of England

The coastline shown here forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

picture resolution
The pictures of the Dorset Coast in this gallery were captured at high resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 096
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

top of page