Dorset and East Devon Coast (2001)
Great Britain

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The cliff exposures along the Dorset and East Devon coast provide an almost continuous sequence of rock formations spanning the Mesozoic Era, or some 185 million years of the earth’s history. The area’s important fossil sites and classic coastal geomorphologic features have contributed to the study of earth sciences for over 300 years.  

Royal Mail’s latest special stamps explore the incredibly varied landscape of South-west England in six stunning photographs. They extend from ancient cliffs and coastal paths to beautiful ploughed fields and rolling moorland. It’s no wonder that 1.5 million tourists visit the region every year. Two of these stamps feature Dorset and Devon, while the remaining four are dedicated to Cornwall, Wiltshire, Exmoor, and Lundy Island. 

Great Britain 2002. World Cultural Heritage. British Landscape-series. Aerial view of Studland Bay, Dorset. Great Britain 2005. World Cultural Heritage. Old Harry Rocks, Studland Bay. Great Britain 2005. World Cultural Heritage. Start Point, Start Bay, Devon.
The name "Old Harry Rocks" is a pseudonym for the devil who laid down next to the cliff top. The large outcrop at the end of the cliff has been known as No Man's Land.  The great chalk ridge of the Purbeck Hills ends at the English Channel, where sheer cliffs drop 500 feet (150 m) into the sea, with the rocks standing off shore. 

The Lighthouse at Start Point is on one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English Coast, running sharply almost a mile into the sea near Dartmouth. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Great Britain (on this site). Inactive links are not described on postage stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, United Kingdom Section, for further information about the individual properties. 

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