The Jurassic Coast stretches for 95 miles from Orcombe Point, near Exmouth, to Old Harry Rocks, near Swanage in Dorset, and is England’s first Natural World Heritage Site. Along its length are 185 million years of Earth’s history – from the Triassic period, through the Jurassic and into the Cretaceous period.
Your ticket to a great day out
A day out costs so little on CoastLinX53 with a FirstDay Explorer ticket that gives one day’s unlimited travel and costs as little as £6.50 Adult, £4.80 Child, or £16 Family (up to five people with no more than two adults). With your FirstDay Explorer you can stop off along the route wherever you wish and continue on a later bus. Buy your ticket from the driver when you board.
See Save Money on the Bus for more info on tickets.
See CoastLinX53 leaflet for a current timetable.
Use our Interactive Bus Map.
Along the route
CoastLinX53 is the main bus link from Exeter and East Devon to many places on the Jurassic Coast, and is a superb scenic ride in its own right. As the bus descends into Beer, we get our first panorama of the coast. The route continues through Seaton with views across the Axe Valley to Lyme Regis with spectacular views along the coast. Then it’s on to the market town of Bridport, West Bay and back to the coast. The next section has superb views of Chesil Beach and the coast to the Isle of Portland. Finally, the journey winds into Weymouth, with the bus stop right on the sea front. For the intrepid explorer, some journeys continue on to Wareham and Poole.
See CoastLinx53 video guide for a bird’s eye view of one of the country’s most scenic bus journeys.
Places to visit
Lyme Regis – A pleasant seaside town and noted centre for fossils. The harbour, with its famous Cobb, was used in the filming of the The French Lieutenant’s Woman.
Charmouth – Also a noted centre for fossils. Call in at the Visitor Centre to find out about the area.
Bridport – This historic market town still holds a street market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Abbotsbury – A picture postcard village behind Chesil Beach complete with thatched stone cottages. The Swannery is home to several hundred swans, while the sub-tropical gardens hold over 20 acres of exotic plants.
Weymouth – The seaside resort of Weymouth has an expanse of golden sands and a busy harbour. The town has a variety of shops, including the Brewers Quay complex.
See Jurassic Coast for further information on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
Taking the Journey
By bus – there are buses to Exeter from most parts of Devon, then catch CoastLinX53 at Exeter Bus Station.
By train – travel to Exeter Central, and then it’s a short walk to the Bus Station for CoastLinX53.