Orcombe Point

 The Geoneedle is a wonderfully crafted stone monument celebrating the starting point of the Jurassic Coast, explaining the layers in the coasts formation

Orcombe Point is the most westerly point of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site stretching from Exmouth to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in Dorset.

It is possible to walk the whole of the Jurassic Coast, 96 miles, along the South West Coast Path.

It consists of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rock formations spanning approximately 180 million years (or the Mesozoic era) of the Earth's history.

The Geoneedle

The Geoneedle at Orcombe Point is an impressive landmark constructed of the various rock types found along the World Heritage coastline.  It was commissioned from public artist, sculptor and designer Michael Fairfax to commemorate the opening of the World Heritage Site and was unveiled by HRH the Prince of Wales in 2002.

Leading up to the Geoneedle is a ‘Jurassic coast hopscotch.' Jump on different types of stones through geological time from Triassic (Red Sandstone) to Cretaceous (Limestone).

Jurassic Coast

The ascent to Orcombe Point shows the successive layers of different sedimentary rocks, which were deposited under varying geological conditions.

At the base are cross-bedded sandstones. Towards the top, the rock types are those deposited by quieter, slower-flowing waters such as siltstones and mudstones. The sediments are markedly red which indicates they were formed in a desert and belong to the "Aylesbeare Mudstone Group" dating from the Triassic period 250 million years ago.

Find out more by visiting the Jurassic Coast website.

Wildlife at Orcombe

In spring look out for the rare green-winged orchids. Please help us look after these beautiful plants and keep to the paths.

In summer the wild flower meadows with be abundant with bird’s-foot trefoil, creeping buttercup, cut-leaved crane’s bill and white clover. Look out for lesser stichwort, common violet and lady’s bedstraw. These flowers and greases attract the attention of butteflies like meadow brown, gatekeeper, small tortoiseshell, peacock and marbled white.