Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, Dorset, DT6 6LLTel:01297 560772Email:
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Charmouth is a Gateway Town to the Jurassic Coast.
Charmouth is a quiet seaside hamlet where time has stood still - the perfect location for a relaxing holiday. It is the best place along the Jurassic Coast to look for fossils.
The village has a small selection of local shops, pubs that serve good food, as well as various hotels and restaurants.
Charmouth is right in the heart of fossil hunting country. The large shingle beach and the Heritage Coast Centre on the seafront are wonderful for those interested in fossils and the local natural history. Guided walks along the coastline can be booked from here.
The South West Coast Path runs through Charmouth (it is however currently diverted due to erosion problems, see the news section for updates) and there are many other attractive routes for walkers both along the coast and inland to the pretty Dorset and East Devon countryside. An invigorating walk will take you to the attractive village of Burton Bradstock in the east or follow the South West Coast Path west to Lyme Regis.
By Foot: Accessible via the South West Coast Path which runs along the entire length of the Jurassic Coast..
By Bus: The CoastlinX53 service stops at Charmouth. Find out more about the Jurassic Coast Bus Service or contact Traveline on tel: 0870 6082608 or visit Traveline for further information.
By Coach: National Express operates direct coach services to Lyme Regis throughout the summer season. Contact Tel: 08705 808080 or visit National Express.
By Road: From Lyme Regis take the B3052 for about 2 miles and onto Axminster Road at the roundabout, which will take you down to Charmouth.
Axminster, is a pleasant market town with charm and character. Its famous carpet industry was started in 1755, by Thomas Whitty whose factory produced high quality, custom made carpets for stately homes and mansions.
The picturesque village of Branscombe is said to be the longest in the country, sweeping down a spectacular valley, past colourful thatched cottages with hanging baskets and climbing roses, down to the sea and a shingle beach.
Dorchester is a historic market town with its roots in Roman times; however it is most famously associated with Thomas Hardy. With its elegant 18th century houses, broad Walks and bustling shopping streets, Dorchester has much to offer the visitor.
Ottery St Mary is a little town with a long history. Ottery's roots run deeper than Doomsday Book. In 1061, Edward the Confessor ceded the already established wealthy manor of Oterie to the Cathedral Chapter of Rouen.
Poole Harbour is the second largest harbour in the world after Sydney, Australia. The Quay is a hive of activity all year round with a huge array of fishing boats, yachts, powerboats and pleasure cruisers.
Sidmouth still has a unique charm, which has captivated thousands. Beautiful gardens, leisurely walks, Regency history, fine hotels, clean beaches and friendly shops - it's all here in this lovely seaside town.
A new book that takes a quirky look at the Jurassic Coast has been published in time for Christmas – and it’s already proving to be a big hit. The Jurassic Coast – A Mighty Tale is published by The Jurassic Coast Trust and is written and illustrated by local artist Tim Britton.
Are you a Primary Teacher and need more help to effectively teach Rocks, Fossils and Evolution in your science curriculum? Then come and join us for a FREE training day led by Primary education consultant David Weatherly. Our special Big Jurassic Classroom Superteachers will also be on hand to take you through their own resources they have developed for the new Primary Science curriculum.
This two hour session starts up at the Centre with a 20 minute talk from the Centre Warden about the fossils of Charmouth and how to find fossils on the beach. The group then heads out onto the beach with the wardens and spend the rest of the session looking for fossils.