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07808 321438

FOSSIL HUNTING WALKS has over ten years experience taking private groups out fossil hunting.
The guided fossil hunting walks start from either Lyme Regis and Charmouth. We cater for all age groups and levels of interest.

Private Fossil Hunting Walks
Private fossil hunting expeditions are for people who do not wish to go with large groups. We can devote more time to customise the fossil hunting to your interests. If you are staying at a hotel or accommodation near the beach we can meet you at the address. We are also able to arrange to meet at a cafe  or restaurant to give a brief pre-talk about the fossils before going on the beach.

Charmouth Fossil Hunting Walks.
The shoreline at Charmouth nestles between two cliffs.To the west are the vast mudslides of Black Ven and to
the east the towering upright cliffs of Stonebarrow.  Golden Cap can be seen in the distance (the highest point on the south coast).There are three large car parks at Charmouth, a fossil shop,cafe, toilets and the world famous Charmouth Heritage Centre.

Lyme Regis Fossil Walks.
Lyme Regis is a bustling coastal town with an ancient harbour
(The Cobb) dating back to medieval period. There are lots of cafes, pubs and five fossil shops. The Lyme Regis museum has an extensive section on the local fossils and a very impressive display about Mary Anning. The walks can either go to the east and explore the cliffs and eastern part of Black Ven or to the west and visit the "Ammonite Grave Yard" and the ledges and rock pools of Monmouth Beach.

The Cost
A guided fossil hunting walk takes 2 hours and the group charge is £95 which is payable on the day. The booking fee covers a group of up to 10 people. Please discuss the cost of larger groups with me.
Due to problems with card payments and lack of internet please can you pay on the day with cash £95. This helps, as on the rare occasion when I have to cancel, normally due to extreme weather, I do not have to process a refund.
Advanced Payment by card can be made if required

To book a Guided Fossil Walk please contact:
Text to 07808 321438.
Please state when you would like to go on a fossil hunt.
I can then check the time of tides.
I will send you details with regards time date and meeting place.

What do you need
Please make sure you have good footwear. Trainers and walking boots are fine. A waterproof coat is advisable. If you want to stay on fossil hunting after the walk you might like to bring a picnic.

In the event of a forced cancellation (This is normally due to adverse weather) there is no charge.
If you have to cancel please let us know as soon as possible.
Please arrive on time as while we can wait the tide and high water do not.

Well behaved dogs are welcome but we do need to know in advance as some beaches are restricted in summer months, for dog access.

Educational Students & Large Groups
If you have a large group who require a fossil hunting tour then the more information you can give us the greater we can structure the fossil hunting.In recent years we have taken out Graduate groups, Rambling Groups, Secondary Schools,Language Schools, Hen Parties, Corporate Days Out and Birthday Parties.We need to know the number in the group, dates and time.

The Guides
Nigel Clarke
Nigel is an established author and publisher with numerous publications about the Jurassic coast. He regularly contributes to magazines and to journals. In recent years he has appeared on both the BBC and ITV talking about the Jurassic coast. Nigel is a former member of the local Marine Coastguard team, RNLI and also an expert on the local shipwrecks to found off Lyme Bay. Nigel also undertakes public lectures and talks on subjects relating to the Jurassic coast and the local shipwrecks. For further details please contact. (
Due to the increased demand for fossil hunting walks I now have the service of two other guides, both are well qualified with lots of experience.

James Thomas
James is an award winning retired local teacher and former coxswain of Lyme Regis Life Boat and former Lyme Regis Coast Guard. James has a wide knowledge of the geology and fossils of the Jurassic coast and has taken many field trips exploring the geography of the area. He has studied the Jurassic coast in great depth and is passionate about geography and geology of the area.

James Carrol
James is a local leading palaeontologist and has extensive knowledge of the beaches and fossils to be found in the cliffs and ledges of the Jurassic coast. He has a huge collection of locally found fossils and is a professional restorer and preparer of fossils. James spends many hours searching and scouring the cliffs for fossils. His ability to crack a stone with just a few blows of a hammer is amazing.At home James has a huge pet lizard which looks like a small dinosaur. If you would like any of your finds cleaned please contact James. He has a workshop/laboratory for the professional cleaning and prepping of fossils.

The Fossil Hunter's Kit Box contains all you will need for a day's fossil hunting a laminated identification chart, area fossil map, Stainless steel fossil hammer, safety goggles and a 34 page guide to the Jurassic Coast. The cost posted anywhere in the UK is £25.00. (I can include an extra hammer if required). I can send a PayPal invoice