Best of British: 60 things that make Britain great

Imagine you're cut off in a far-off land. What longings would be uppermost in your mind? Here we celebrate those aspects of life that make our islands distinct and beguiling.

25. Jurassic Coast


Comprising Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous cliffs and documenting 180 million years of geological history, this was England’s first (and only) natural World Heritage Site, stretching 95 miles from east Devon to east Dorset. It has made stars of the natural arch at Durdle Door, the tombolo of Chesil Beach and the limestone folding at Lulworth Cove.

‘I must begin with these stones as the world began’
(Hugh MacDiarmid)

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