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When fossil hunting on the beach, you are advised to take great care and follow the Fossil Code:

* When you are on the beach, stay well clear of the cliffs, both on the tops and on the beach.  Little warning is given of rockfalls, which can occur at any time. Also stay away from the mudflow areas, which can be like quicksand. 

* Do not hammer at the cliffs as this may bring down rock from above.

* Keep your fossiling to the waters edge and, if you use a hammer, wear goggles.

* If you are planning a long walk, get advice on low tide times to avoid getting cut off.

Better still, go on a walk with one of the many local guides who will advise you.  

For local coastal views, see our Gallery of Photo Albums.  

Fossils found on the Jurassic Coast

Ammonites of the Jurassic Coast

other fossils of the Jurassic Coast

 Lots of different types of Ammonite fossils   are found along this stretch of the Dorset coast.

















This map shows where certain fossils may be found on the Dorset Jurassic coast

Map from Lyme Bay Fossils - Jurassic Beach Guide by Nigel J Clarke  - available to purchase locally.  This book is full of useful information for the walker/fossil hunter.

You can walk east from Lyme Regis to the Ammonite Pavement on Monmouth Beach.  It is easy walking along the seafront until you get past the Monmouth car parks.  Thereafter you are walking on the rocky beach.

Black Ven Landslip can be reached by walking west from the town.  Again, you start on the seafront and can now continue on the new walkway before walking down on to the beach.  It is especially important to be aware of tide times on this walk, as part of the beach is cut off at high tide.  Any Fossil Walk Guide will keep you safe but, if you are on your own, check up in advance.  The fossil shops or Philpott Museum can help you or, if you are walking from Charmouth, the fossil shop and Charmouth Heritage Centre there can advise you.

Tide Times for the area are available to purchase locally or here on our site - just click the link.

You can also check up online on the UK Government's Admiralty 'Easy Tide' website

Once at Black Ven, keep off the black mud!  In places, it is deep and like quicksand and you may get stuck.  Follow the Fossil code above.

For details of Fossil Walk Guides, see our 'Links' section along the top of this page.

For access to Stonebarrow beach, go to Charmouth and turn left at the sea!  The cliffs are high and crumbly so keep to the waters' edge.  The cliff path is closed due to an old landslide.

To get to Golden Cap beach, drive east to Chideock on the A35.  In the village there is a turning to Seatown, on the right if you are coming from Lyme.  There's parking and easy access to the beach at the end.

Happy Hunting!

If you don't manage to find a fossil, have a look at our British Fossils section, showing Lyme Regis ammonites, crinoids and other Dorset fossils for sale.



Here is a picture of Mary Anning (1799-1847), who became a fossil collector extraordinaire from humble beginnings - a very unusual occupation for a woman at that time.  She lived in Lyme Regis and, over the years, found complete skeletons of: Ichthyosaur, Plesiosaur, Pterodactyl and more.  She really put Lyme Regis on the map as a fossil treasure trove.  For more details, see Mary Anning - biography  from the Natural History Museum website.