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The Jurassic Coast

At Moonfleet we are lucky to be located on the stunning Jurassic Coastline. The Jurassic coast is a world heritage site, it stretches all the way from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset. It is approximately 96 miles in length and steeped in history, with all its rocks and fossils you can uncover detailed stories from history. This makes it the perfect location for budding paleontologists.

During 2018 our head gardener/outdoor education expert, Andrew, took over 1000 guests (old and young!) on guided fossil walks and nature walks from the hotel. Along the shore line of the fleet there are number of great types of fossils to be discovered including Crinoid and Goniorynchia boueti. During 2019 Andrew’s guided walks will continue during school holidays, when the tides are favourable.

We love being able to give guests a small taste of what the Jurassic Coast has to offer onsite, but we also have the inside track on the best places to visit when staying in the area. Here is our top 3;

 

Lyme Regis

The town beautiful seaside town and the surrounding area have a fascinating history stretching back to the 700’s. It is also the birth place of the renowned fossil collector and palaeontologists, Mary Anning. The town also hosts an annual Fossil Festival, 3-5 May 2019. This festival is packed with talks, theatre shows, music, comedy, exhibits and lots of hands-on science. A great family day out.

Keates Quarry

Real dinosaur footprints! About 15 years ago more than 100 fossilised tracks were found preserved in a piece of flat rock in Keates Quarry, in Purbeck. The tracks were probably made by a brachiosaurs. These foot prints are a great place to take those younger dinosaur hunters – they can recreate scenes from Jurassic Park with their toys.

Charmouth

This town is one of the best and safest for fossil hunting. Whilst the fossils in this area are plentiful, it will take skill and knowledge to help you find them. We suggest joining one the local guided fossil walks from the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. The middle of winter is the best time for uncovering the best finds due to the rough weather.

For further information on the Jurassic Coast check out the Jurassic Coast Trust.