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11/17/2014 08:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Jurassic Coast Is Quite Possibly The Most Beautiful Place In England... With A Prehistoric Secret

By jove! We do declare we've just stumbled upon the most beautiful spot in all of England!

The Jurassic Coast spans 95 miles of pristine waterfront on the country's southern coast. Among the rolling trails and sandy beaches, you'll find rock formations from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods -- together, they expose some 185 million years of earth's history.

Oh, and there are loads of fossilized dinosaur footprints, prehistoric creatures and fossil forest remains waiting to be dug up... by regular visitors like you. Who would've guessed these beautiful beaches might have dino bones as their hidden treasure?

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Durdle Door rock formation

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Coastal trail

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Old Harry rock formation

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Durdle Door

The Jurassic Coast is a wonderland of unique rock arches, stacks and caves. It's recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site, as it has contributed to earth science discoveries for more than 300 years.

On a Jurassic Coast holiday, you can dig for fossils, soak up the sun or tackle a slice of the South West Coast Path -- at 630-miles long, the epic hiking trail can take up to two months to complete.

Pick from a whole bevy of quaint "gateway towns" to spend the night in, from an untouched resort on an estuary to a fishing village and busy market towns. During spring and summer, you can even tour the Beer Quarry, a 2,000-year-old network of man-made mining caves.

We'll just settle for basking in the sunlight, thank you very much. This place is too precious to pass up!

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Town of Weymouth

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Durdle Door beach

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Lulworth Cove

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