East Devon & Dorset Coast, World Heritage Site
The striking red cliffs around Sidmouth were formed in a baking desert some 240 million years ago during the Triassic period of geological time. Huge rivers flowed across a desert, rather like the Nile flowing through the Sahara today. But this all happened a very long time ago so how can you explore the World Heritage Site today?
Your first port of call could be the excellent Jurassic Coast Interpretation Centre on the Esplanade. Sidmouth Museum contains information and holds events exploring the World Heritage Site.
Why not take a walk along the coast path to Branscombe and Beer. Here, younger rocks, the Upper Greensands and Chalk cap the cliffs and the combination has given rise to the spectacular Hooken Landslide. These younger rocks are the source of fine building stones that have been used in the construction of Exeter Cathedral.