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Fossil Hunting Beaches

The UK is absolutely filled with gorgeous beaches. There are long stretches of golden sands, sky blue sea, wonderful pebble beaches to explore, and plenty of seaside activities to have a go at. There are some beaches that are perfect for surfing, and those that are ideal for family paddling. There are some beaches that offer a chance to relax and soak up some sun, and those that are made for beach games and sports. Then, there are the beaches that are best known as fantastic fossil hunting destinations.
Fossil Hunting Beaches

These fossil hunting beaches are gorgeous. They are the ideal place to visit whether you are a keen fossil hunter, your kids are deeply in the dinosaur phase, or you fancy a holiday with a bit of adventure and history. Here’s a look at the most beautiful fossil hunting beaches from around the UK.

Monmouth Beach – Lyme Regis, Dorset

If it’s ammonites you are interested in and you don’t want to have to search too hard to find them, Monmouth beach, featuring the exceptionally impressive “Ammonite Shelf” – a breath-taking display of fossilized ammonites which have formed a pavement or ledge under the edge of the cliffs - is the place to be.

On a visit to Monmouth beach, you can walk from Lyme Regis to Seven Rock Point looking for ammonites. If you are lucky, you’ll find some fossils bigger than dinner plates. This can be ideal for kids, who might find it harder to spot some of the smaller fossils on other beaches. Monmouth beach is one of several along Britain’s Jurassic Coast that you should take in if you are the kind of person that would love animatronic dinosaurs at home.

East Beach - Charmouth, Dorset

If you are heading to the Jurassic Coast on holiday you should also head out to East Beach in Charmouth. The beach itself is a mixture of sand and pebbles, which makes it perfect for finding both ammonites and belemnite fossils.

The beach sits under huge black cliffs, which can be susceptible to mudslides, so you should always check forecasts and warnings before exploring. But on clear days you can find fossils along the shoreline without having to put too much effort into it.

Robin Hood’s Bay - North Yorkshire

If you are looking for a beautiful beach in a gorgeous location, there’s nowhere better than Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire. The beach itself is fairly small but over the years a range of ancient rock formations, the fossils of a pterosaur, and plenty of dinosaur footprints have been found on it.

While you are in the area you should venture to Port Mulgrave, slightly south of Robin Hood’s Bay too. Here you can find ammonites and other fossils and rocks.

When it comes to fossil hunting, part of the excitement is whether or not you will find something. Not being sure only adds to the adventure and excitement of your trip. Places like the Jurassic Coast and Robin Hood’s Bay are perfect for dinosaur lovers because there are plenty of beaches and hidden coves to explore.



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