Breaks From London: Visit The Jurassic Coast & New Forest
We’ve seen photos of the picturesque beaches down south in Cornwall and up north in Scotland. They almost look like the beaches you’d find in Asia (almost). Google ‘Scarista Beach’. However, when you’re looking for a 2-day vacay from the city, those 6 hours spent in the car to Cornwall are precious. So instead, visit the Jurassic Coast just 2 hours away from London by car.
The Jurassic Coast
- Located in the county, Dorset.
- It’s a 96-mile stretch of coast.
- A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- You can rent a guide to hunt for fossils, seeing as it’s a site with 185 million years of geological history.
How To Visit The Jurassic Coast?
- London Waterloo: South Western Railway towards Weymouth. There are 23 train stations to choose from in Dorset.
- Driving from Central London will take just under 3 hours.
Some of you may recognise this beach as the main location for the detective series, ‘Broadchurch’. The most recognisable features of West Bay are the huge golden cliffs of sand. There’s a steep hill to reach the top of the cliffs but then
Below the cliffs, is Chesil Beach which is 18 miles long and you better believe that in the summer every mile is taken up by Brits soaking up the little sun we get over here.
Durdle Door is an hour’s drive away from West Bay. It’s one of the most famous stone arches and the most visited spot along the Jurassic Coast. For this reason, we didn’t actually make it to Durdle Door.
Our trip to the Jurassic Coast was during the UK heatwave and we visited on a Saturday so understandably the car park was overflowing and the second overflow car park was also overflowing so we thought we’d skip this spot. However, we hope to go again soon and would definitely recommend adding it to your day when you visit the Jurassic Coast.
You’ll reach Corfe Castle after a 25-minute drive from Durdle Door.
Corfe Castle dates back to the 11th century and sits on a hill overlooking the Purbeck Hills. The ruins of Corfe Castle holds so much history so it’d definitely be an interesting stop with beautiful views.
We made it to the castle but as it’s owned by the National Trust, an adult ticket costs £10.40 and we were hoping for a weekend of free activities (top budgeters). Instead, we decided to wander around the town which is very cute and lovely.
Old Harry Rocks
Old Harry Rocks is just a 13-minute drive from Corfe Castle.
You can park your car at South Beach car park (£3 for 2 hours) which is a mile walk to Old Harry Rocks. It’s an easy, flat walk that takes under 30 minutes.
Old Harry Rocks refer to these beautiful chalk formations in the photos. However, Old Harry himself is the single chalk stand furthest out to sea.
We were gutted that we didn’t bring a picnic because it’s the absolute perfect place for one! The view is stunning, we almost forget that we have beautiful hues of sea blue so close to home.
Hengistbury Head Beach
You could spend plenty of time taking long country walks in Hengistbury Head as it’s simply beautiful. It’s an official local nature reserve so its wide variety of habitats are all protected and rightfully so!
We only had time to catch the sunset at Hengistbury Head beach which was so stunning – in fact, it may have been one of our favourite sunsets. So if you visit the Jurassic Coast and want to end the day the perfect way, we definitely recommend taking a seat on the beach and watching the swirls of sunset colours.
New Forest deserves its own day of exploring really but with only the morning to spare, we visited Blackwater walking trail, Lyndhurst for a fish and chips and the Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary.