Charmouth, Dorset

2 miles from Lyme Regis on the world famous Jurassic coast, Charmouth is a West Dorset seaside village with a selection of little shops and a beach that’s particularly good for fossil hunting and rockpooling. A verdant backdrop of hills leads to the South West Coast Path, with spectacular views; there are regular fossil hunting walks, and at low tide, smooth sandy beaches and safe swimming. There are picnic areas and cafes, and an interesting display of fossils and a gift shop in the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. Try the George Inn or the Bank House Café in the main street for lunch, or have crab sandwiches at Soft Rock Café right on the beach.

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