Welcome to the Jurassic Coast - England’s first natural World Heritage Site. This unique stretch of coastline has joined the ranks of the
Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the Wonders of the natural world.
The Dorset and East Devon Coast has become a World Heritage Site due to its outstanding geology, which represents 185 million
years of earth history in just 95 miles. It displays not just superb Jurassic, but older Triassic and younger Cretaceous rocks too. Take a
walk through time along the coast and see the geological story for yourself!
The rusty reds and oranges of the Triassic rocks are due to their origin. Iron minerals have weathered to produce the spectacular
colour of the cliffs.
The cliffs in the western part of Budleigh expose the full thickness of lower Triassic Budleigh Salterton Pebblebeds. The beds are made
up of well rounded red and grey cobbles and pebbles.
The Jurassic Coast is stunningly
beautiful, with an unparalleled range
of natural features. The variety of
landslides, beaches, bays and cliffs
results in a constantly changing
The layers of pebbles found in the cliffs
at Budleigh Salterton originated over
400 million years ago when sandstones
formed in the place we now call Brittany.
These rocks were then eroded and
transported by vast rivers during the
Triassic period to form the Budleigh
Salterton Pebbled Beds. The pebbles then
fell onto the beach and were transported
to the east by the sea. Distinct Budleigh
pebbles can be found along the World
Heritage Site and beyond.