Fossil Hunting

Fossil fever is catching. Lyme Regis sits in one of the most unstable sections of Britain's coast, and regular landslips mean nuggets of prehistory keep tumbling from the cliffs.

Joining a guided walk aids explorations. Three miles east of Lyme, the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre runs one to seven trips a week (adult/child £8/4). Or, in Lyme itself, Lyme Regis Museum holds three to seven walks a week (adult/child £12/6); local expert Brandon Lennon also leads expeditions. All walks are popular, so book early.

For the best chances of a find, visit within two hours of low water. If you do hunt by yourself, official advice is to check tide times and collect on a falling tide, observe warning signs, keep away from cliffs, only pick up from the beach and always leave some behind for others. Oh, and tell the experts if you find a stunner.