Winspit until roughly 1940 was used as a stone quarry, producing stone for major buildings in London. However, during World War II it was used as a site for naval and air defences. After the war the caves were opened to the public. They were used as a location for the planet Mecron II in an episode of Blake's 7, and in Doctor Who they were used in the story "The Underwater Menace" and then as the planet Skaro in the serial "Destiny of the Daleks". The quarry is now a lesser-known tourist attraction. Although recently many of Winspit's caves have been closed off for purposes of public safety and bat conservation, people still enjoy having picnics there and swimming at the adjacent beach in summer months.
To the west and east are the hills of West Man () and East Man ( ).
The Jurassic Coast stretches over a distance of 155 kilometres (96 mi), from Orcombe Point near Exmouth, in the west, to Old Harry Rocks, in the 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.
- "Dorset and East Devon Coast". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. 2001. Retrieved 2007-01-14.
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