History Hit documentary shines light on gems of the Jurassic Coast

HISTORY Hit has teamed up with award-winning historian, archaeologist, broadcaster and author, Sam Willis, for a new documentary that explores some of the lesser-known wonders of England’s first natural World Heritage site, the Jurassic Coast.

The 95-mile stretch of Dorset and Devon coast is already famed for its miles of breathtaking walking routes, stunning views and historic landmarks.

In this new documentary, Sam and his four-legged companion, Geronimo, go beyond the renowned tourist attractions to call attention to some of the lesser-known reasons to visit the area Sam that says is his “favourite place on earth”. 

Their coastal journey begins at the red cliffs of Exmouth, a location that may have served as a reference point for the Vikings as they made the journey across from mainland Europe and up the River Ex.

Moving onwards, Sam explores the very recent history of Branscome, where viewers hear the tale of the MS Napoli shipwreck that caused quite the stir when BMW motorcycles and crates of wine started washing up on the beach.

Finally, Sam and Geronimo finish their journey in Lyme Regis, the site of some of the most important scientific discoveries ever made and the home to the woman that made them, Mary Anning, whose statue was unveiled in the town just last weekend.

Sam encourages viewers to visit the region in order to have an experience “so old but so real and so tangible, getting that close to the prehistoric past”.

He mentions specific destinations, including the village of Beer, where “the outcrop of chalk limestone in amongst the red sandstone if you look from the right perspective the red and white with the blue of the sea altogether gives a sense of the Union Jack”.

He also mentions Lyme regis as the “location of the biggest and certainly the most significant spark of imagination in our history”.

Dr Sam Willis is an award-winning historian, archaeologist, broadcaster and author. His work takes him on adventures all over the world. 

Sam has also worked with History Hit – an award-winning podcast network and online history channel – on several other audio and television projects including the documentaries ‘Ghost Ships: Forgotten Wrecks of the River Dart’ and ‘Festive Folk Song Bash’.

Secrets of the Jurassic Coast with Sam Willis is available now to subscribers on the History Hit website

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