West Bay Holiday Park
West Bay, Dorset
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Bask in the golden glow of towering sandstone cliffs, made famous by TV’s Broadchuch, in a holiday at West Bay. Just 200 metres from the beach, it’s the perfect spot for exploring the amazing Jurassic Coast, go hunting for fossils or enjoy a picnic on the beach. On-park, laze by the pool while the kids enjoy the flume, kayaking and snorkeling and end each day in style with a family meal followed by live entertainment.
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Dorset means rugged varied coastlines and high chalk downlands. Squeezed in among the cliffs and set amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery is a chain of picturesque villages and seaside towns. Along the coast you’ll find the Lulworth Ranges, which run from Kimmeridge Bay in the east to Lulworth Cove in the west. Together with a stretch of East Devon, this is Britain’s Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, noted for its layers of shale and numerous fossils embedded in the rock. Among the best-known natural landmarks on this stretch of the Dorset coast is Durdle Door, a rocky arch that has been shaped and sculpted to perfection by the elements. The whole area has the unmistakable stamp of prehistory.
Away from Dorset’s magical coastline lies a landscape with a very different character and atmosphere, but one that is no less appealing. Here, winding, hedge-lined country lanes lead beneath lush, green hilltops to snug, sleepy villages hidden from view and the wider world. The people of Dorset are justifiably proud of the achievements of Thomas Hardy, its most famous son, and much of the county is immortalised in his writing.
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