If you know me, then you will know that I am really into history. Ancient history to be specific, but I tend to take an interest in any sort of British history. I have been to quite a few historical sites around the UK. If I’m in a new city, I always like to check out their castles and cathedrals (if they have one!) and any museums they may have. I have also got two archaeology related degrees. One thing that has always fascinated me is fossils. Ever since I was small, I have loved learning about fossils and have always looked for them when I’ve been on a beach. I even tried to make my own fossil by burying a shell in the garden. Obviously, 20+ years later I realise how ridiculous this was but at the time I couldn’t wait to dig up my fossil!
The Jurassic Coast
I have always wanted to visit the Jurassic Coast which is 95 miles of coastline from Devon to Dorset. Along the Jurassic Coast, which is a World Heritage Site, there are plenty of opportunities to go fossil hunting. I’ve only been to Dorset a couple of times and have only been to Bournemouth. I love travelling around the UK and I would love to go to Dorset next summer to have a walk along the Jurassic Coast to see if I can find any fossils.
Fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast
I have found fossils on a beach before, when I was on the Isle of Wight in 2012. I wish I had made more of an effort to visit the south coast while I was living in Winchester over the last year. I will definitely be making plans to go to the Jurassic Coast next year though. Lyme Bay Holidays have created the below infographic which you can use as a guide when you go fossil hunting. I will be printing this out and taking it with me when I do go!
One of the places I would like to visit most is Lyme Regis, which is nicknamed “The Pearl of Dorset”. Lyme Regis has a brilliant museum which displays many different types of fossils. I think that I would really enjoy a trip here. Dinosaurland Fossil Museum is also nearby and I’ve heard that is worth a visit too.
Have you ever visited Dorset or the Jurassic Coast?