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Hello hello fossil community!  We are a family of 3 that are so excited to head to the UK and head to Charmouth!  We are fossil enthusiasts in California but newbies as well.  Is this the best place to go in August?  We are staying in Bristol and have a car, so are happy to travel a couple of hours.  Our goal was to collect some fossils, enjoy the coast and explore villages and like in the UK.  Thank you for suggestions, we would love to meet some locals who enjoy collecting as well, I have two teenage daughters, 17 and 14.  Thank you!

Warmly,  Stacy
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nomadiclifeguide
Hi, to be honest there is no good place to go fossil hunting in august, charmouth will be packed with people and fossils will be very scarce. Its a beautiful place however, the local museums nd heritage centres are well worth a visit and the villages are beautiful. I hope you have a really nice time here.
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Dirty Pete
Hi Stacy,

Charmouth is a very popular location and in August there will be a lot of groups/people scouring the cliffs and mud slides for fossils. In my experience if you walk far enough and look hard enough you normally come away with a broken ammonite or two and a few belemnites. Lyme Regis and Charmouth have museums and fossil shops which display material that you could find if you were really lucky.
Here's a link to a very useful website explaining the geology of the area. http://www.southampton.ac.uk/~imw/index.htm

Other areas worth exploring around Bristol are the Avon Gorge, Cheddar Gorge and the Mendips, Aust, North Somerset coast: Kilve/Watchet, the Cotswolds, Radstock coal tips.......the list goes on....

Have fun and good luck,

Pete
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veganagogo
Thank you Pete and Nomadclifeguide!  Yes, we will be part of the tourists, lol.  We are happy to go to less busy spots, I know there are so many options, any help narrowing down where to go would be appreciated.  I grew up in NJ and went fossil hunting in Big Brook Creek, where the first  North American documented Mosasaur was found, we find tons there every year!  I will do more searching around, if anyone has a suggestion for a place to go that they love, I would be grateful.  Thank you!

Warmly, Stacy
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Anonymous
hi, Charmouth is a good place, we took our kids there 20 ys ago been back a few times, travel wise the roads are slow so it may only be 40 miles but it takes a long time
you will need a small hammer to break the rocks just get one from the cheap shops (poundland etc ) in bristrol

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s.c.
veganagogo wrote:
Thank you Pete and Nomadclifeguide!  Yes, we will be part of the tourists, lol.  We are happy to go to less busy spots, I know there are so many options, any help narrowing down where to go would be appreciated.  I grew up in NJ and went fossil hunting in Big Brook Creek, where the first  North American documented Mosasaur was found, we find tons there every year!  I will do more searching around, if anyone has a suggestion for a place to go that they love, I would be grateful.  Thank you!

Warmly, Stacy


Hi Stacy

Try the ukfossils.com website for guides to locations near you. Look at Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset. August is very busy and areas will be heavily collected at the same time as not being much eroded by weather but even if you don’t find so much to take home you will definitely see plenty in situ. Perhaps join a fossil walk with Charmouth Heritage Centre or Lyme Regis museum to get the best experience of an unfamiliar location - both are inexpensive and excellent. Happy hunting!

Sam
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