Right on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site, this centre is big on fossils, geology and wildlife. Beyond the centre there is a lovely beach – perfect for swimming and several beautiful walks. A great day out for all the family.
In the centre (entry is free) you will find amazing fossil collections and learn how to find your very own fossils on the beach. Charmouth Beach is a good place to find ammonite fossils loose amongst the pebbles. You don’t need to break rocks, the fossils can be found on the water line.
The centre holds guided ‘fossil walks’ to help you find the best places for fossils and help to keep you safe. They also lead informative lectures looking at the science of geology and palaeontology for those that want a deeper understanding. All events and activities can be found here.
The river Char splits Charmouth beach into two and can be crossed by a bridge. The river is a great source of fun for children and often gets dammed forming a lagoon for boating or watching ducks and swans. There are some perfectly placed picnic benches on the grass just over the bridge from the car park looking at the river and sea.
There are many opportunities for walking in this area, here are some suggestions:
- Short walks: Stroll along the beach or head into the lovely, though steep, village of Chamouth FIND OUT MORE
- South West Coast Path: This is part of the National Trail and the cliffs can be easily joined from Charmouth. FIND OUT MORE
- Jurassic Coaster: If you want to walk just one way, check out the X53 Jurassic Coaster bus route. A popular walk at low tide is to walk from Chamrouth to Lyme Regis along the beach but you MUST check the tides (click here) before taking this on! FIND OUT MORE
Picnics, stroll or a hike, Great views
Great views, Good for walking & families, West Dorset