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Fossil Hunting Walks
Ranked #4 of 7 Tours in Lyme Regis
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Owner description: Nigel Clarke is a Fossil hunting guide. Walks are from Charmouth and Lyme Regis along the Jurassic Coast of Dorset. Walks last about 2 hours. A local author and historian with credited titles on Mary Anning and the best selling guide to the fossils of the Jurassic coast.
Reviewed 6 May 2013

When i first heard about the fossil walks i knew we had to go on one. The walk was great fun we got to learn about all the different fossils you could find on the beach. We found some perfect fossils that we had been allowed to keep with us. We had a large group but it made it even more enjoyable. Our guide was very knowledgeable and it was clear it was something he is passionate about.

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Reviewed 5 May 2013

This would have to be one of the highlights of our big trip. Brandon was friendly, relaxed and extremely knowledgable, sharing interesting snippets of history of the town and the region as we walked out to our fossil collecting area, passing through the spectacular "ammonite graveyard" on the way. His eye for fossils was sharp, and before long the kids were turning over every rock and sieving enthusiastically. We came back with enough pyrited ammonites to satisfy everyone, and if we had the time, I would have done it all over again the next day. I would also like to comment on the genuine enthusiasm shown by Chris at the Fossil workshop, who offered to stay open late to clean any of the kids' finds. I am so pleased we booked this private tour, and my husband and I felt it was excellent value for money. Brandon seemed in no rush, and was happy for us to hunt for fossils until the kids called it a day. An absolutely superb tour.

Thank Andrea B
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

I've always wanted to do a guided fossil hunting walk and finally got my chance, with Nigel Clarke. He set the scene, showed us examples of the long extinct animals, their fossilized remains and introduced the scientific and common names. We were a large group but he had us enthralled throughout. When we were actually hunting for fossils, there was no stopping us and we reverted to small children, with all their enthusiasm! I'd highly recommend this activity for all ages. Great fun.

1  Thank LadyMalvern
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

couldn't be better!
fortunately, it was a beautiful day over Easter when we were joining and enjoying a walk with Brendan.
He's explaining three different ways to find fossils:
1) browse around on the floor (pyritised ammonites, a coin, old metallic owl: what could it have been?)
2) sand sieving (5mm pyritised ammonites, ichthiosaurus bones)
3) stone oppening of stones lieing around (only a certain kind of stone will reveal something in it)

he's also explaining about the history of the cliffs and the different layers.

should anyone know the purpose of the owl (and when it has been in use): let me know!

Thank sim0ne_sch
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Reviewed 29 March 2013

Joyning a fossil walk with Brandon Lennon takes you only a short distance away from the well publicised images of Lyme such as the Cob or the Museum and as a reward you are transported into the distant past.With an expert help, you can uncover the remains of creatures who lived millions of years ago in the Jurassic. Brandon's knowledge makes the walk very informative and he is very patient answering endless questions related to the subject of local geology. It is almost impossible to go home without a fossil as he makes sure, that no one leaves empty handed. The safety aspect is also important and having a safety conscious local guide like Brandon can prove invaluable so that you can loose the track of time and concentrate on searching for the illusive next big find. The weather and terrain on the beach can be a little challanging at times, but the reward for everyone who braves the elements, is an amazing perspective on one of the most beautiful places I know.

2  Thank TTaylor25
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