A Helicopter Flight over the Jurassic Coast


We live in Dorset and our happy place is the World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast.

The Jurassic Coast stretches from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Poole, a distance of about 96 miles.

Why the Jurassic coast is so special is that it spans 185 million years of geological history and coastal erosion has exposed an almost continuous sequence of rock formation covering the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. At different times, this area has been desert, shallow tropical sea and marsh, and the fossilised remains of the various creatures that lived here have been preserved in the rocks and can easily be found in certain locations, with Charmouth, Lyme Regis, Kimmeridge and Lulworth being our favourite locations for fossil hunting.

We have explored the coast by sea and land but I have been hinting to hubby that I wanted to see it from the air for some time. In fact when we flew home from Barcelona in the summer I was very excited by the fact I had clear views of Portland and Poole Bay from the plane.

Last weekend I got my wish with Red Letter Days and took a Helicopter Tour of the Jurassic Coast.

My flight time was 14.15 and I had to arrive in Exeter 20 minutes before the flight for a safety briefing. The staff were friendly and welcoming, explained what would happen and took a couple of pictures before we climbed onboard the AS350 helicopter.

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If you want to sit in the front next to the pilot it is an extra £30 and I highly recommend you choose to pay the extra as the views are even more spectacular.

You fly for approximately 50 miles at 1400ft over the pastoral landscape of Devon before heading over the top of the towering white cretaceous chalk cliffs of Beer into Lyme Bay and along to Seaton where the cliffs change from white to the older Triassic red rock cliffs and then along to Lyme Regis and its famous Cobb.

helicopter-tour of the Jurassic Coast

Seeing the cliffs and beaches from the air was a breathtaking experience. The pilot was fabulous, pointing out landmarks and explaining where we were flying over. I shared the helicopter with four other passengers and we were all so awestruck we flew in almost complete silence.

helicopter-tour of the Jurassic Coast

The tour then turns above Charmouth and heads back the way you came with stunning views of Budleigh and Exmouth before landing.

We were in the air for half an hour and it is an experience that I will never forget. The helicopter ride itself was smooth and comfortable. The only feedback I would give is that I would have liked to explore a little further and fly over the sandstone cliffs at West Bay too. although you could see them in the distance.

Helicopter flight over the jurassic coast

The helicopter ride over the Jurassic Coast costs £170 and is available from Red Letter Days. If Devon is a little far for you to go, they also offer helicopter tours all over the country including Cardiff Bay, Liverpool, Manchester, Surrey, London and more – I want to fly over Bournemouth and Poole next!

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Disclaimer: I was given a helicopter flight over the Jurassic coast for the purpose of a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

28 thoughts on “A Helicopter Flight over the Jurassic Coast

  1. Waouh this is amazing. I really want to visit the Jurassic Coast and I think it should be breathtaking to do it by helicopter.

  2. This looks absolutely amazing! The view is incredible. I used to live in Lyme Regis, it’s such a stunning coastline. I am terrified of the idea of going in a helicopter, but after seeing this, it’s not so bad. x

  3. oana79 says:

    What an amazing Experience, Kara, those view are absolutely breathtaking, as you so well said.
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  4. Alina says:

    That’s a pretty damn cool coast! Id love to visit it one day and the helicopter ride looks spectacuar – very jealous!
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  5. This sounds like such a memorable experience. Those views look spectacular and I think I would have to sit in the front seat too
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  6. Wow now that looks great, the views alone must have been amazing.
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  7. What an amazing experience – I’d love to do this but I’d be a bit scared I think x x
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  8. Anosa says:

    I want to give this is a present to my parents especially my dad as I know he would love it. What a great experience.

  9. That looks amazing – I’m normally a bit scared of heights but I think I’d have to get over it for that!
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  10. This looks like good fun. I would love to try it.

  11. karen says:

    That looks amazing and would love to do something like that but I hate heights and flying
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  12. Kerry Norris says:

    Wow you’re very lucky. Looks fab. I always buy experiences from red letter days x
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  13. How massively cool is that? such great views and a wonderful once in a lifetime thing to do. Mich x
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  14. Danielle says:

    What a fantastic thing to do your pictures are beautiful bet it looked even more beautiful in real life xx
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  15. Jane Batt says:

    Wow it looks like a fabulous experience. I’ve never flown in a helicopter so this can now be added to my wishlist!
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  16. Rachel says:

    This sounds like such a fantastic experience – what views too!
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  17. Charly Dove says:

    Wowsers Kara what an incredible experience, the views must have been quite spectacular. I’m itching to get in a helicopter, still not done it. Flown a glider once in the air but there’s something to be said about someone else having the controls!
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  18. Sonia says:

    Such a beautiful place to have a helicopter flight, I have been in an couple when I was a kid and would love to go up in one again x
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  19. Fozia S says:

    Oh wow what an amazing experience!! Will have to put this on my list of things to do!
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  20. Oh wow, what an amazing experience. I bet it was great. Such beautiful views. I have never been up in a helicopter before ..

  21. Marie Barber says:

    What an amazing experience! The photos are amazing!
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  22. Coombe Mill says:

    What a wonderful experience and a great idea for a gift to the person who has it all – except a helicopter! #mondayescapes

  23. What a fab experience! I am so jealous 🙂
    Glad you had a fab time x

  24. Jen Walshaw says:

    Wow, what an experience. I would love to do this. It gives you a totally different perspective

  25. tots2travel says:

    You look so chilled, cool, calm and collected. Sounds brilliant!
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  26. Liz Burton says:

    Oh my goodness what an adventure! I’d love to do this, I bet you get such a different perspective on somewhere you think you know so well.
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  27. Tracey says:

    I would love to take a helicopter ride but not sure I am brave enough! Great views and pictures of the coast 🙂 #mondayescapes

  28. I love the Jurassic coast! It’s one of my favourite places too and I bet to see it from the air must be such a fabulous experience.
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