Kimmeridge Bay is an excellent place from which to experience the extraordinary geological importance of the Jurassic Coast, a ninety-five mile stretch of coastline between Swanage and Exmouth that became England’s first Natural World Heritage Site in honour of its unique insight into 185 million years of the Earth’s history. This sheltered bay, though not sandy, is a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and home to the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Marine Centre.
Kimmeridge Bay is also one of the many destinations along the Dorset coastline that offers excellent dark sky viewing. A quick google search proves that many astro-photographers have caught breath-taking images of the Milky Way, crystal clear in the night sky. “Well away from any light pollution it offers good ‘dark sky’ conditions along with easy access and interesting coastal scenery.”
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!