Charmouth beach is located 2 miles from Lyme Regis, along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. The beach is is divided into two by the mouth of the River Char. This makes for an interesting paddle combining both coast and estuary. The Beach itself is pebble and sand and a great place for fossil hunting when you are not paddling. The sea is clean and safe for swimming making it ideal for families who want to do a spot of kayaking. Further out are rocky ledges which can lead to some nice surf when conditions are right.
How to get there:
The village of Charmouth is off the A35 between Bridport and Lyme Regis. To get to the beach find the centre of the village and follow Lower Sea Lane. There are ample car parks (no coaches) close to the beach but if they are full there is also a car park half way down Lower Sea Lane.
Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre – open daily 10:30am – 4:30pm during the Summer & Friday to Monday 10:30am – 4:30pm during the Winter (The Centre may be closed at certain times during the Winter season). The centre provides information on fossils, fossil hunting, coastal and marine wildlife.
Car parks – There is a small pay and display car park in front of the Heritage Coast Centre.
2 x private car parks – open during peak periods
Beach Café – serving hot/cold food, snacks and drinks. Indoor & Outdoor seating. Opens from Easter to October & during February half term.
Centre shops – selling various gifts/souvenirs
Charmouth Fossil shop – fossils, gemstones and crystals
Ins and Outs:
Put in on the beach
Picks up good surf and never crowded. Nice paddle to Lyme Regis for a cream tea.