Charmouth Beach

Charmouth Beach is situated at the mouth of the River Char around 1.5 miles north-east of Lyme Regis and 6 miles west of Bridport. It’s an interesting little beach and easy to miss unless you’re looking for it.

SAT NAV postcode DT6 6LS (Google map)

Charmouth Beach and Heritage Coast Centre

The beach itself is a mix of sand and shingle. The stone and shingle lie further up the beach whilst low tide reveals a gently shelving sandy beach that remains shallow for a long way out. This makes is very popular with families with young kids who can play safely. However it should be noted that there is no lifeguard station on this beach so you must remain vigilant at all times.

The Heritage Coast Centre & Beach Cafe

Charmouth Beach is renown for its fossils. People come from miles away to search for fossils on the beach and amongst material fallen from the cliffs especially in winter when rough seas cause more erosion (actual digging into the cliffs to look for fossils is not considered acceptable).

Looking east along the beach. The little green hut is a cafe.

Beach facilities include a good sized car park, toilets, beach shop and a good beach cafe/restaurant. The highlight is the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre where you can learn all about the Jurassic Coast and how to hunt for fossils safely and responsibly. Entry to the centre is FREE. The centre organise regular guided fossil walks and rock pool rambles (check website for details).

Looking west along the beach from the Heritage Centre.
Thus is the west beach.
The Heritage Coast Centre organises fossil hunting walks. Check their website for dates and times.
Fossil shop
Map of walks in the area
Charmouth Beach

Related Pages: West Bay Beach / Seatown Beach / Lyme Regis / Chesil Beach