Cretaceous Rocks

Along the coast that forms the World Heritage Site Cretaceous rocks appear in a number of different areas, not just one section. Some of  the higher part of the cliffs between Sidmouth and Branscombe, the whole cliff area at Beer and again the higher part of the cliffs between Axmouth and Lyme Regis.

Further East of Lyme Regis Cretaceous rocks appear sporadically, topping the larger hills, Black Ven, Stonebarrow and Golden Cap. Their next major appearance is forming the bulk of the cliffs between The White Nothe and Flowers Barrow hill which includes the famous and much photographed Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.

Cretaceous rocks from the cliffs between Ringstead and durdle door, beyond that Jurassic Portland Limestone can be seen in the hard outer sea cliffs at Durdle Door and Man’o war cove, then at Lulworth Cove and at Warbarrow Bay. Man’o War, Lulworth Cove and Warbarrow bay all formed when the sea breached the hard Jurassic cliffs and eroded into the soft cretaceous rocks behind, which can be seen the cliffs of these bays. Also, between Durlston Head and Studland the rocks are Cretaceous. NB. This last paragraph has been Supplied by Earth Science Advisor to the World Heritage Coast.

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