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Becky dobson
Hi all ,I would love to visit hampstead to fossil hunt , however I am struggling to find a way down there as all the roads seem to be private, I have parked at bouldner view point before and walked from bouldner towards hampstead, but really want to start at the other end, I have been told I can park at cranmore Avenue and walk from here does anyone know if that's correct? I am happy to pay for parking, any help offered would be great , thanks in advance.
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Alex47
Hi Becky,
If you park on Cranmore Ave near the top you will see some large gates where the road ends. To the left of them is a path - beware this is  a muddy track, but it is passable with care by the able-bodied - so not for children. This leads on to the beach where I have found croc teeth, scutes and some early mammal teeth as well. 
Alternatively, you can follow the path where the road divides and across the fields along the footpath which takes you eventually to Hamstead  farm and then to the beach. Use Google Earth to confirm all this.
I sometimes drive up Hamstead Drive and park as close as I can get to the farm without blocking the road. Then you simply walk through the farnyard via a couple of gates (it is a public way) and follow the path down to the remains of a concrete slipway on the shore. The Hamstead Dover sometimes has croc and turtle remains, but it is best to turn west at the shore and look for fossils along the tide line.
I hope this makes sense and happy hunting
Alex

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Becky dobson
Hi that's great , thanks very much for your help, it really is appreciated, kind regards to you :
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MartynH
Hi, before you go you need to be sure of the tides as often there is no beach to search on, so look to arrive within a couple of hours either side of low tide then you should be OK - also beware of the mud on the beach as this can be quite deep and slippery . I always take walking poles when going down from Cranmore Avenue as these help with the climb down the steeper parts of the path (usually someone has left ropes to help). You can also park at the viewpoint car park just outside Yarmouth follow the coastal path to the beach (about a 15 minute walk) and then walk towards Hamstead Ledges - just be sure of the tides as you can easily be cut off. All that said this is a great location and you will always find something interesting - just be careful.
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Becky dobson
Brilliant thanks loads , looking forward to getting there now, thanks again :)
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