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The cost
£95 for any groups of up to 10 people.
Walks last two hours,but I can do a shorter walk if required.
(For larger groups please contact me)

Where do the walks start from
Walks start from either Lyme Regis or Charmouth.

Special Walks
If you require a walk which includes more history about Mary Anning or a visit to the "Ammmonite Graveyard" and the town of Lyme Regis  then please let me know.
I can also arrange a start from a restaurant or cafe where a meal or coffee can be arranged before or after the walk.

Travelling by Train
(If you are arriving by train a taxi can pick up from Axminster Railway Station. There are regular trains from London-Waterloo station).

Educational, Student & Large Groups
I regularly take out large groups. I give a talk about the local geology, the rocks and the minerals and provide a fossil identification chart and a small booklet about Mary Anning.
Walks from Lyme Regis can be structured to include the local Aquarium and a visit to the the ammonite pavement. The cost of just the fossil walk and talk is £4. per student   with a minimum booking fee of £95.


Charmouth nestles between the towering cliffs of Black Ven and Stonebarrow and has great accessto the beach. Lots of car parks and two cafes. The walk from Charmouth lasts about 2 hours and I begin with a talk about the fossils and show examples of those that can be found locally on the beach.
The opening talk about the fossils lasts about 20 minutes.
(If you all start to look bored I can speed this up)
We then go onto the beach to start looking for fossils and what you find you can keep. The walk is not difficult and is ideal for small children but please have good footware, no flipflops. When I have finished you can stay on searching for fossils or you can walk to Lyme Regis and get the bus back to Charmouth. 
The fossil hunt takes about two hours.(Private Fossil Hunt is £95 and includes a complimentary fossil indentification chart)

"If you fail to find a fossil on the walk then I will give you one"!

Where do the private Charmouth walks start from?
The walks in Charmouth start from the wooden pedestrian bridge that can be found at the bottom of the first large car park on the left as you drive down to the shore.Just wait where all the ducks congregate and I will be there.

Available Private Walks Places Time and Dates
Bank Holiday Weekend. Whitsun.

Saturday 26th May 10.00hrs till 12.00hrs Lyme Regis
Sunday 27th May 10.00hrs till 12.00hrs Lyme regis
Monday 28th May 10.00hrs til 12hrs Lyme Regis
Tuesday 29th May 11hrs till 13.00hrs Lyme Regis
If you are interested in booking a private walk on these days then please let me know.


The walks from Lyme Regis will give you a chance to look round the old historic town. There are four fossil shops in Lyme Regis and two fossil museums. There is also a choice of restaurants and coffee shops which I can arrange to meet at and give the brief talk about the Jurassic coast befor fossil hunting.

Lyme Regis Fossil Walks Meeting Point
I meet at the large old sea anchor monument at the bottom of the town next to the town clock. There are plenty of cafes in this area if you arrive early.

If you would like to start from a Cafe or restaurant please let me know.

Walk 1.
"A Guided Fossil Hunt & Walk  to Black Ven"

To the east of Lyme Regis are the dark cliffs of Black Ven. The shoreline is a great place for finding ammonites, belemnites and seaglass. There are some large ammonites to be seen on the beach. Black Ven is the largest mud slide in Europe. Mary Annings grave can be visited on this walk. The initial part of the walk is flat and on sand. Many ichthyosaurs have been found in the ledges of this part of the Jurassic coast. On this walk you can safely walk the shore  from Lyme Regis  to Charmouth and catch the bus back to Lyme Regis.

Walk 2.
"A Guided Fossil Hunt & Walk To The Ammonite GraveYard"

A private guided fossil hunt and walk to the Ammonite Graveyard from the harbour at  Lyme Regis. I can arrange for the walk to start at the famous "By The Bay Restaurant." We meet here for a talk about the fossils and the Jurassic coast, and then it a walk to the ammonite graveyard and to follow and some fossils. The walk is subject to the tides.
I start the fossil hunt with a  talk about the fossils with examples of those found locally.
From the restaurant it is about a thirty minute amble to visit the "Ammonite Graveyard" and on route I will demonstate the Cobb's famous "Whispering Wall"!
The fossil hunt is ideal for all ages and hopefully you  will  find some fossils.
The cost of the private fossil hunt is £95 for the group. In order to reach the Ammonite Graveyard we do have to cross some jagged areas of the beach.You will need good footware and (hopefully not) a rain coat.

If you have a group who would like an illustrated talk about the Jurassic Coast or the  Dorset Shipwrecks then please contact me for further information.  

The Guide-Nigel J.Clarke
Nigel Clarke is an established and award winning local author who regularly contributes to magazines and journals. He is the author of the best selling fossil guide to the area.
He has appeared on both the BBC and local radio and had numerous articles published about the Jurassic Coast and regularly gives talks to clubs and associations.

Nigel has been guiding groups along the Jurassic coast for over 20 years and was a Coastguard at Lyme Regis and when younger an RNLI Life Boat launcher.
In recent years he has been able to hide four people in his left ear!

I do try to take all the fossil hunting walks but occasionally due to other commitments I have two other very experienced guides who take groups out on my behalf.

James Thomas is a retired award winning  geography teacher from Lyme Regis. 
He has huge knowledge of the Jurassic Coast. A former local  Coastguard and Lifeboatman with a detailed knowledge of the geology and fossils of the area.

James Carrol
is a local leading paleontologist with many superd finds of local Jurassic fossils. He has a large private collection gathered and self cleaned and prepared from the Dorset Coast. He also has a huge pet lizard which looks like a small dinosaur.
Jame's can also clean and prepare any fossils found on your visit. 

I publish a range of local guides to the fossils. If you would like to order them then please let me know and I will send a Paypal invoice and post them out

"Lyme Bay Fossils:A Beach Guide"
Where to find and see fossils. The best selling guide to the Jurassic coast with sales of 50,000 copies. 
£5.00 inclusive of postage

"Mary Anning 1799-1847:A life on the rocks"
A biography about the life of Mary Anning. This is a factual illustrated account of her life and includes a section about her most famous find of an ichthyosaur. I have had to reprint the book which is now back in stock
£5.00 inclusive of postage
(Also available via Amazon as a digital title)


May 2018.  Fossil Hunter's Diary.

The fossil festival was very busy and the British Antartic Survey team had an interesting display of fossils found on the Antartic shelf. You can visit their site at I think I prefer to look for fossils on a warm Dorset beach. Southampton University had a 3D printer on display. They had scanned shipwrecks on the seabed in the Black sea. An area inaccessable to divers due to the depth and very adverse conditions. The sea bed has numerous well preserved shipwrecks. With the results from the scan a computer and the printer created a 3D model of what the wreck looked like on the sea bed.    

During the last month there has been a lot of rain and there are a number of mud slides now coming down on the beach. In the winter the thick mud can be seen but if the crust dries out they can very deceiving and many people become stuck trying to cross them.

In January the BBC have a programme about the recovery of a large ichthyosaur found in the ledges to the west of Lyme Regis. The fossil was found by Chris Moore who has a fossil workshop in Charmouth. If you would like to visit the workshop (which is open the public) it can be found on the high street at Charmouth. The ichthyosaur featured in the programme is on display at Charmouth Heritage Centre and is worth seeing.

I have decided to launch a new "Fossil Finder's Box." The hammer in this box is smaller and contains all my publications to find fossils. You can see a picture of the box on the site.
I have had a several walks over the last few weeks and found some nice ammonites and a couple bits of Plesiosaur bone.
There was an auction this week of a locally found plesiosuar found on Monmouth Beach, which is to the west of Lyme Regis. The fossil sold for £90,000.............  The expected sale estimate was £30,000.
A small production company is filming on the beach to the east of Charmouth. They are making a documentary about Mary Anning. They do not have much luck with the weather which has been very wet with a driving wind. At least the film will be realistic with regards the climate Mary was out in.

One of the best finds in the summer was found by a couple New Zealand who found a perfect fossilized cretacious sea urchin. I did offer to swap it for a couple of belemnites....but to no avail.

I find all sorts of things on the beach during the summer but Brandon Lennon, a local fossil guide found the most unwelcome.  Towards the end of a guided walk he was takingm, he spotted a suspicious  grenade like object protruding from a recent mud slide. Photographs were taken with the phone and the Coastguard called.
The object looked like a WW2 American grenade and the beach was cleared and the bomb disposal team from Plymouth were summoned.  The site of the grenade was marked by Brandon's shovel, which in the excitement had toppled over the top of the object and rested on what looked like a detonator. After three hours the bomb disposal team arrived and after some carerfull excavation discoved a very rusty cog wheel with a central nut!
It was a false alarm but this area of Black Ven was used for live firing in WW2 and you do occassionally find some old rifle rounds in the area.....which makes a change from belemnite.

Nigel J Clarke

Jurrasic Coast Fossil £2.99 includes postage

I have launched a new booklet “Jurassic Coast Fossils.” This booklet has taken three months to write and edit and covers all aspects of fossil hunting on the Jurassic coast. I have a section about Mary Anning and another with regards the strange industrial process of manufacturing alum. This involves large amouts of jurassic shale and copious quantities of human urine. How anyone invented this process is beyond my imagination. There is also an article about the Jurassic fossil collection on display at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff and lots of information about finding and collecting fossils.

I have a number of open public fossil hunts on during the school holidays in summer. The details and dates are shown on this web site.

Stone Balancing: Black Ven, Charmouth.

May Bank Holiday 2018

Paul Crossley with his collections of fossils for sale
at Lyme Regis Fossil Festival


The best place to search for sea glass is the East Beach at Lyme Regis. Above this beach was once the rubbish tip for Lyme Regis. The shingle has lots of sea rolled glass. All sorts of bits emerge from this old tip and last year I had a group who found 38 francs and 200 lira  but alas no gold coins.
I have always been puzzled that I can find all colours of sea glass on the beach with one exception red seaglass. I recently found out that to make red glass you have to add gold to the molten mixture which makes it a prohibitively expensive glass to make. The only people who use large quantaties of red glass are Ventian glass blowers and there are not many of them on the Jurassic Coast. A friend of mine who makes seaglass jewellery has taken to seeding the beach with glass marbles to increase the supply. I will now startlooking for glass marbles.

Pyrite Ammonites from Black Ven, Charmouth


February Storm 2014: Lyme Regis


While researching the biography on Mary Anning I discovered that the verse:

"She sells sea shells on the sea shore"

The tongue twister was written about Dorset's first lady of fossils.
Mary  must have been an interesting woman. Largely self educate, left school at the age of 11 and became the world's most famous fossil hunter. She was besoted about her dog called "Tray" which died in a rockfall on the cliffs.
The tongue twister written about her is below:

"She sells sea shells on the seashore
The shells she sells are sea shells, I'm sure.
So if she sells sea shells on the sea shore
Then I'm sure she sells sea shore shells." 


I have decided to instigate a competition .
I would like any one out there to write a limerick starting with line:

"There was once called a dog called Tray.........

or send me a Dinosaur or Fossil Joke

The best entry (which makes me laugh)I  will be put on the site and you will win a signed copy of: "Mary Anning 1799-1847:A life on the rocks"

My attempt

Ode to Tray
There once was a dog called Tray
Who was walking the cliffs one day.
While digging a bone
With  Mary,alone
A mud fall washed him away!

At last a winning entry by
Rhona Mead

There once was a dog called Tray
Who with fossils wanted to play
He dug and he dug
But just found a bug
Who bit him and then ran away!

Alternative verse

She sells sea shells
On the sea shore
She sells sea shells for lots of cash
Which is why she is not poor!

Fossil Jokes
What do you call a Dinosaur with glasses?

What do you call a Dinosaur with a hearing problem?


How Many Dinosaurs does it take to change a light bulb?
(suggestions welcome..............)


If you require a speaker for a club or event on any of the above please contact me.  have published books about the Jurassic Coast, Shipwrecks of Dorset & South Devon, Mary Anning and German WW2 Aerial Phot-reconnaissance pictures of the UK.

There is a slide show with each prentation.

Talks last about an hour (but two if I talk slowly)!





A Collection of Belemnites.
Found on the beach to the 
west of Charmouth.