Fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast over the summer holidays
I had been looking forward to this trip for a long time, the thought of staying in a beach hut on Branscombe Beach and watching the sun set was absolutely idyllic. The drive turned out to be a little bit further than I first thought, but 2 and a half hours from our house wasn’t bad and the kids are pretty good with any length of drive.
This was another Airbnb gem and at £80 a night it really wasn’t bad! To get to Branscombe beach you have to go down some fairly narrow roads and then had to carry all of our luggage across the beach from the car park (about a 5 minute walk?) as you can’t park directly outside but its worth it for that view!! Its also worth noting that you have to bring your own bedding to this hut, this wasn’t an issue for us but something to consider.
The hut had a small kitchen which had everything we needed, a lounge, 2 bedrooms and bathroom. There was no wifi or TV which is either a blessing or curse depending on your view 😉 Watching the kids from the hut just playing around on the beach, making friends with the kids in the next door hut and building a dam across a stream was so lovely though. Nice to see them just being kids!
Whilst we were on the jurassic coast, we had to pay a visit to Charmouth beach, home of fossil hunting!! The beach and car park was very busy despite it being a grey and blustery day with lots of people trying to find fossils along the shore line.
You can rent a hammer and goggles from the fossil shop but you need to have a £10 cash deposit and I never carry cash on me so we had to just chance it that we would find something without a hammer 😬 Rhys was not very happy with me about this but I have learnt as a parent that you just have to ride the storm with him!
We were lucky though and managed to find a tiny ammonite in this massive rock! I honestly was not expecting us to find anything as one of the experts who walk along the beach had told us there had been no significant rock fall recently so fossils were rare on the ground. Rhys was over the moon and this rock is now pride of place in his room. After a quick pit stop in the cafe on the beach for some chips we headed back to the hut as the weather was starting to turn.
The hut was not at all cold which was something I was worried about and I think if you came in the height of summer (we stayed at the end of august) it would be lovely sitting out on the balcony or having a BBQ on the beach. Sadly the weather wasn’t quite good enough for us to do that.
Whilst here we also managed to visit Beer and Seaton which were lovely seaside towns and some of the best places to grab a fish and chips on the beach!