The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Fresh produce from both land and sea, this place has a good reputation. Local suppliers and local inspiration ensure the spirit of Dorset shines through. Plus the setting is pretty special.
A privately-owned beach, Seatown Beach sits to the east of Golden Cap. Backed by soaring cliffs, the beach is a popular spot for fossil hunters looking to find prizes hidden within the shingle. With a steep shelf and no lifeguards on duty, swimming is not advised, however the beach offers a lovely spot to sit and watch the waves rumble and roll along the shore.
A favourite fossil hunting spot. Apparently there are beds of fossilised brittle starfish nearby as well as beds of belemnites. There's a free car park by the beach and you can walk up Golden Cap from here too, Dorset's highest spot, where the views are amazing.
Hailed as one of the Ramblers 'Top 50 walking routes to Britain’s best views', the Golden Cap which is the highest cliff on the south coast of England, offers stunning views from its 191 metre summit. During your holiday we highly recommend a walk from either Charmouth or Seatown along the coastal foot path or through Langdon woods to the top of the Golden Cap. Once you’re there relax and enjoy the stunning views along the Jurassic coast.
Read our blog of the quick walk up the Golden Cap.
A must for the views either side, leave to a clear sunny day though.
I love this place, the breathtaking views down across the coast are amazing, it is worth taking a picnic, take your time and enjoy the view. I followed this walk http://www.classic.co.uk/nas/classic-blog/guest-experience-a-cheat%E2%80%99s-walk-to-golden-cap-155.html
Misty & no View
We set out to walk but unfortunately when we go to the top of the hill it was very misty and no views to be had which was disappointing so sorry for low rating. Also we found some of the footpaths were nothing more than mud baths with no way to get around other than to cling on to fern stems while balancing on tufts of none muddy grass.
Easy to get to off the A35 between Lyme Regis and Bridport, it's worth a trip to experience a smuggler's way of life in your descent down to the beach. Spy abandoned loot in the foot rocks of the Golden Cap from your stronghold at the Anchor Inn as you sift through the day's fossil pickings.
Enjoy a (not so) swift pint by the cosy log fire in winter or out in the patio garden in summer at this 17th Century thatched country inn. Lunch and dinner menus include locally sourced seafood and meats. You can enjoy a locally brewed pint of Palmers ale while the kids play on the giant Jenga. Booking is advisable in summer.
Great food and friendly staff
Welcoming pub, tasty food. dogs are accommodated in bar areas. Advised to book for Sun lunch.
The first thing that strikes you about the George is the friendly welcome from the staff nothing is too much trouble, they welcome dogs with open arms.
The food is excellent and good value for money and the Palmers' ales are a delight, be brave and try the "georgeous" ploughman's it is huge and gorgeous!
Excellent pub food. Thursday night is pizza night and its advisable to book.
welcoming with excellent food
Often in the area and find the George welcoming and reliable for a good meal, be it a bar snack or something more substantial, highly recemmended.
Sunday Roast at The George
After a breathtaking walk along the spectacular Jurassic Coast on a Sunday afternoon there is nothing more needed than a fabulous Sunday roast. We were a little late in arriving at The George however and when everywhere else had turned us away The George were very friendly and provided a well needed refuel stop before continuing our walk. Traditional and cosy atmosphere, in a pretty thatched pub, good food, beer and service.
Great food served here, with a huge choice to choose from and a good selection of Palmers ales. The staff and proprietor are very friendly and make you feel very welcome. As well as the bar/drinking area and restaurant there is a lovely snug with an open fire for cooler days/nights. Would definitely recommend.
Charmouth West Beach runs the mile and a half from the mouth of the river Char all the way to Lyme Regis. Although hammering at the cliffs is not allowed, the shores of Charmouth West Beach are well known for their fossils and often keen-eyed visitors are rewarded with a treat. With the gentle slope of the beach and natural sea pools forming in certain conditions the beach lends itself nicely to paddling and swimming. A heritage centre, cafe and shops are nearby, although there are no lifeguards on duty.
Lovely not too busy beach, such fun finding fossils, beautiful sand when the tide is out, and great rock pools
Lovely beach, brilliant for fossil hunting
Take a fossil hunting guided walk or boat trip. No sand but plenty to keep the kids amused.
The hours seem to have a habit of slipping by while you're wandering along hunting for fossils on this stretch of coast. The kids love the excitement of finding an ammonite or debating the authenticity of possible 'dinosaur bones'. Great way to spend an afternoon.
It would be remiss not to mention the pleasures of walking the Jurassic Coast here; a good way to combine a little exercise with a history lesson is to join one of the organised Fossil Walks from Charmouth.
Charmouth Beach & Fossil Hunting
Had two good walks down there from Stone Barrow Lodge, the first time we walked down the right hand side of the beach and collected many unusual pieces of drift wood.The second time we walked the left hand beach and found lot of fossils.Not knowing what to look for and no tools to search the clay slides we meandered to the shoreline and hey presto found a fossil being washed by the incoming tide, we then went on to find many more, all quite small but some perfect specimens. Easy to spot in the water/sand as they were in pyrite which made then stand out from the other stones and pebbles, some have a Bronze tinge and some a rusty coating. It later turns out we were in just the right place, on the shoreline and a few hundred yards from the river (which is apparently the best place to find them). Have to say the tide got us most of the time but an enjoyable time nevertheless.
Charmouth and the delights of fossil hunting!
One of the best beaches to try your luck at fossil hunting. We found the best way was as the tide was ebbing - you are more likely to find ammonites washed up on the beach - you just need a good eye and a lot of patience! Other fossils are found in the clay which has subsided from the cliff face. The excitement of finding a fossil for the first time (young or old) is an experience you will never forget and will want to do time and time again!
World Heritage Coast
So many delightful coastal resorts and quiet beaches, great cliff walking - with a bus service to get you back to your start point and car .
Take in the views and let the salty sea air whip your worries away. Found near Burton Bradstock, Hive Beach is a sweeping sandy strip backed by regal golden cliffs. With parking nearby and a celebrated café, Hive Beach is a lovely destination for a day's wandering and relaxing. Eagle-eyed visitors may even be so lucky to spot some fossils hidden along the beach.
This beach, even on a windy march day was spectacular and blew away the cobwebs and was very invigorating. Food in the Hive Cafe was great too.
Hive Beach Cafe serves superb food suitable for all the family from an informal premises right on the beach. Get there early as it's very popular, but even when busy the service is usually reasonably quick.
Brilliant place; so popular you may have to wait! Food is more top-class restaurant quality than cafe.
One of the many gateways to the Jurassic Coast, Charmouth is a bustling coastal village set on the Heritage Coast and is one of the most popular places to go fossiling. Although being a popular tourist destination Charmouth has kept its friendly village feel and is an ideal location for a traditional family holiday.
A lovely seaside spot. There are several cafes on the front serving up basic but good value food, and most importantly ice cream. Good parking. The dunes behind the beach make for excellent kite flying. You can enjoy a walk all the way down the beach to Lyme Regis when the tide is right, and the fossil hunting is just amazing - you can't help but come back with pocketfuls of ammonites and other prehistoric goodies.
Has a handy Monday market
Very close to the cottage (at the bottom of Stone Barrow Lane) there is a Monday market that sells a wide range of goods from fresh meats, breads, Thai food, tools, pet foods, clothing etc.
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