Highlight: Fossil Hunting on the Jurassic Coast

Fossil hunting is a tradition that goes back centuries in the area around Lyme Regis and it is considered part of the heritage of the Jurassic Coast.
Ammonite fossil on Charmouth beach

The Jurassic Coast is famous the world over for fossils. Fossil hunting and collecting is a tradition that goes back centuries in the area around Lyme Regis and it is considered part of the heritage of the Jurassic Coast. You can even try fossil collecting for yourself here. We recommend joining a guided fossil hunting walk from either the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre or Lyme Regis Museum.

In some places they are extremely rare and difficult to find, like Sidmouth. Some locations are dangerous like Durlston Bay and others are more sensitive to damage like Kimmeridge Bay. We’d rather people didn’t try to collect fossil in those places.

Fossil hunting at Charmouth
Fossil hunting at Charmouth

The best and safest place on the Jurassic Coast to try fossil collecting is Charmouth. Fossils can be plentiful there, but it still takes practice and luck to find a nice specimen. Our advice is to join a guided fossil walk from the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre or Lyme Regis Museum. We’d also recommend going in the middle of winter… the rough weather helps expose more fossils.

Find out more about fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast.