"Lyme Regis - meet the ancestors" England Off The Beaten Path Tip by aaaarrgh
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On the south coast of the county of Dorset, about 25 miles west of Weymouth, is the pretty seaside town of
Lyme Regis. You will find some beautiful cliffs and beaches here.
But what makes Lyme Regis special is that it is now a World Heritage Site. Vast quantities of fossils have been discovered in the cliffs. And continue to be discovered.
Because of the geology of the area, rocks dating back to the Jurassic period, 200million years old, are exposed at Lyme Regis.
Apparently Springtime is best to come and find lots of fresh fossils on the beach. Every winter the storms wash more objects out of the rock. Watch for bellemnites (very common, pencil-like sea creatures) and ammonites (like coiled squid) amongst the pebbles. Kids seem to love this sort of thing, we could hardly drag my neice of the beach :-)
The earliest collectors found complete skeletons of prehistoric fish and reptiles.
If you can't be arsed to look yourself, and have some cash, there are gift shops selling large fossil specimens.
There is a museum and large carparks at Charmouth, from which we walked a mile or two along the beach to Lyme Regis itself.
Have fun! Directions how to get there by train or car are on the Lyme Regis website...
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