Searching for Fossils on Charmouth Beach

Searching for Fossils on Charmouth Beach

Fossil find on the beach at Charmouth

Fossil find on the beach at Charmouth

Small coastal village Charmouth is a popular gateway to the Jurassic Coast. Famous for its amazing fossils, Charmouth was visited by Jane Austen who claimed that the village was 'the happiest spot for watching the flow of the tide, for sitting in unwearied contemplation'. Its beaches are surrounded by fossil cliffs, and shops sell a wide selection of gifts and souvenirs including fossils to take home. The cliffs are a mecca for fossil hunters. Just walking along the beach you'll stumble across fossils - if you know what you're looking for. Visit the Heritage Coast Visitor Centre at Charmouth to find out more on the types of fossils you can expect to find in the area.

Charmouth Beaches

Charmouth Beaches

The West Dorset coast around Lyme Regis is the birthplace of the sciences of geology and palaeontology. The regular landslips and erosion expose fossils that have been lying in the rocks for millions of years. Mary Anning, a local lady, unearthed many fossils which led to the establishment of scientific study to find out more about how the Earth was formed and how animal life evolved.

Charmouth's restaurants are rich in local produce, and the village contains relaxing tearooms set in beautiful country gardens. Charter boats offer the opportunity to go fishing off the Jurassic Coast, and fossil hunting is allowed on the beaches as long as pavements and cliffs aren't damaged. If you're looking to stay in Charmouth, accommodation options are varied and plentiful. Choose a Charmouth hotel or a B&B, or opt for a family friendly holiday park or a self-catering cottage.

Heritage Coast Centre

The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre sits alongside the shingle beach and is where to head to find out about fossils and fossil hunting in the area, as well as the local coastal and marine wildlife. Interactive computers, displays and films are available as well as wardens who are on hand to answer queries. The wardens also organise regular guided fossil hunting expeditions, rockpooling walks and countryside and marine discovery activities. The Centre promotes the sustainable collection of fossils and you'll find plenty of advice on fossil collecting inside. Ample parking is adjacent and a cafe is onsite.

Accommodation in Charmouth

  • Charmouth   (0.2 miles from the centre of Charmouth)
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    £195
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 6
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    Fun filled holiday park with direct access onto Charmouth beach on the Jurassic coast. Well equipped holiday caravan accommodation sleeping up to six people.
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  • Bridport   (2.3 miles from the centre of Charmouth)
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    £35
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    Comfortable and well equipped en-suite rooms available at this B&B in the heart of Dorset. Close to Lyme Regis and Bridport. 4 star. Silver and Breakfast award. Free Wi-Fi.
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  • Charmouth   (0.0 miles from the centre of Charmouth)
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    £95
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    Family-run guest house in Charmouth. Only 300 metres from the famous Jurassic Coast. En-suite rooms. Pet friendly. Ample parking. Free Wi-Fi. Cream teas served. Breakfast included.
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  • Charmouth   (0.4 miles from the centre of Charmouth)
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    £269
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 4-6
     
    Relaxing holiday park on the Jurassic Coast near Charmouth with leisure facilities, kids clubs & online booking available.
     
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  • Charmouth   (0.2 miles from the centre of Charmouth)
    Sleeps 9
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    £681
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    End terrace cottage with private indoor heated swimming pool in Charmouth, a 10 minute walk from the fossil beach with off road parking, 6 bedrooms, cot, highchair and short breaks
     
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  • Charmouth   (1.4 miles from the centre of Charmouth)
    Sleeps 3
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    £225
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    In a fine location in the scenic Marshwood Vale, midway between the popular and picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis and Bridport, on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coas...
     
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  • Charmouth   (0.2 miles from the centre of Charmouth)
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    £975
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    Charmouth self-catering holiday home providing accommodation by the beach, with a private garden including BBQ. WiFi available. Families welcome. Sleeps 8.
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  • Bridport   (2.8 miles from the centre of Charmouth)
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    4 Star Awarded farmhouse offering ensuite B&B accommodation on a 598 acre working family farm. Watch milking & see baby calves. Self catering also available.
     
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  • Bridport   (2.8 miles from the centre of Charmouth)
    Sleeps 7
     
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    Barn conversion self catering holiday cottage in Whitchurch Canonicorum near Bridport. Two bathrooms, one en-suite to the family room. Garden, lawn, patio and parking. Sleeps 7
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  • Axminster   (3.2 miles from the centre of Charmouth)
     
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    In a beautiful location nestled within the Axe Valley only 5 minutes drive from The Jurassic coastline of Lyme Regis and Charmouth, and only a few minutes away from River Cottag...
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