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Charmouth Town Information

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Although Charles II came here in search of a boat to carry him to France - and safety - following his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651, this pretty seaside resort lying at the mouth of the River Char, close to popular Lyme Regis, is best known as a place to seek prehistoric bones thanks to its fossil-laden cliffs.

The craze took off after the remains of an ichthyosaurus were unearthed nearby on the so-called Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site. The fossils can be found in the gravel and sand at the bottom of the sea-lashed cliffs.

View East along Charmouth Beach - Photo © Steve Chapple
View East along Charmouth Beach
Photo: Steve Chapple CCL