From Swanage to Exmouth, Dorset through Devon, stretches a sunny coast that you could think of as the English Riviera.
Or as a necklace strung with jewels of scenery: Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door . . . the slab of limestone called the “Isle” of Portland . . . Chesil Bank, a seventeen-mile ribbon of shingle with the bird paradise of the Fleet lagoon behind it . . . Golden Cap (highest cliff on the whole Channel coast) . . . the dark ravine of St. Gabriel . . . the jungle of the Undercliff . . .
People come here for the beaches, the sometimes subtropical weather, the clifftop walks, the hospitality in the little seaside towns, and the many-million-year-old fossils that can be picked up on the shore.
This is the Jurassic Coast: a World Heritage Site, like the Grand Canyon or the Pyramids or the Great Barrier Reef.