Orcombe Point - Exmouth, Devon, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
N 50° 36.438 W 003° 23.111
30U E 472744 N 5606227
Quick Description: Orcombe Point is the gateway to the famous Jurassic Coast in Exmouth, Devon.
Location: South West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 5/30/2012 1:24:12 PM
Waymark Code: WMEH3C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Brentorboxer
Views: 3

Long Description:
"Orcombe Point marks the most westerly point of the world famous Jurassic coast, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Standing at the summit with wonderful views out to sea is the 5 metre high stone sculpture known as the Geoneedle, cleverly sculptured from all the rocks found along this unique coastline.

Here you will also find pretty, green-winged orchids, which produce vibrant purple flowers in late April. From this location the tranquil beach at Rodney Point is only a short distance away."

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"Orcombe Point is a coastal feature near Exmouth, Devon, on the south coast of England. It lies about 16 km (9.9 mi) south of the city of Exeter, 3 km (1.9 mi) southeast of Exmouth town centre and about 12 km (7.5 mi) southwest of Sidmouth.

Directly to the west lies Exmouth Beach and to the east is Sandy Bay, a holiday beach, that can be reached either along the coastal path or through the large caravan park. The two beaches are part of a long strip of sand and are connected to each other below Orcombe Point at low tide.

Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site on the English Channel coast of southern England. The Jurassic Coast stretches over a distance of 153 kilometres (95 mi), from Orcombe Point to Old Harry Rocks on the Isle of Purbeck in the east.

The rocks dip gently to the east. Due to this tilting and erosion the oldest exposed rocks are found here in the west, with progressively younger rocks forming the cliffs further east. The coastal exposures along the coastline provide a continuous sequence of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rock formations spanning approximately 185 million years of the Earths history. The localities along the Jurassic Coast includes a large range of important fossil zones.

Orcombe Point is the western end of the Jurassic Coast

Sited high upon the hill, which affords spectacular views, Orcombe Point is marked by the "Geoneedle", which was unveiled by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, in 2002, at the inauguration. The artist whose conceived and designed the "Geoneedle" sculpture was Michael Fairfax.[3] He also conceived and designed the "Exeter Riddle" in Exeter. The Geoneedle is constructed from a variety of different stones, representing both the major building stones to be found on the Jurassic Coast and the sequence of rocks that form this part of the coastline.


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 (i.e. siltstones and mudstones). The sediments are markedly red and this indicates that they were formed in a desert. These formations belong to the "Aylesbeare Mudstone Group" and date from the Triassic period 250 million years ago."

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The address of property, including Postcode.:
Exmouth, EX8 By road: A3052, Exeter to Seaton, adjacent to the coast, follow signs to Exmouth. Car parking by sea front and at Exmouth train station.

The charges to visitors and opening hours.:
Free entrance to the site; however, if you park along the seafront, there's a parking fee of 1 pound per hour. Open dawn to dusk.

Web page: [Web Link]

National Trust member: no

Parking place (optional): Not Listed

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