The village of Charmouth is located right on the on the Jurassic Coast, in western Devon. The World Heritage Site is famous for its fossil finds and beautiful walks, and Charmouth is one of the best locations to explore the natural landscapes.

Charmouth Beach is a clean, pebble beach that is not often busy - the perfect spot to relax and soak up the sun with a good book. Children will love hunting for fossils, and there are plenty of great walks to take in the scenery too. Guided tours of the coastline from fossilwalks.com are an interesting way of finding the best souvenirs of your holiday.

Keen fossil hunters will also enjoy the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, which has a range of examples that have been found on the Jurassic Coast, along with great guides and information about what to look for and how to recognise them. There is lots of local history here too, making it a great place to spend a few hours.

If you’re fossilled-out in Charmouth, there’s plenty of other options to keep you entertained. You'll find great fishing either from the beach or by boat, or you could choose to check out the Tunnel Target Sports Centre for a fun shooting experience.

Hogchester is a beautiful conservation area of wildflower meadows set on 60 acres of dairy farm, and a beautiful place for a walk.

Nature lovers will also enjoy visiting the nearby Golden Cap Estate (National Trust), which boasts the title of the highest point in the South of England. Your efforts will be rewarded with up to 20 miles of panoramic views on a clear day, and there are good circular walks to explore. 

Out of the village, head over to Lyme Regis to see the Dinosaurland Fossil Museum, the Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium, take a fishing trip from the Cobb, or have a go at mini golf at Lister Gardens. The coastal town of Sidmouth is well worth visiting too, while inland is the stunning Blackdown Hills AONB. The pretty landscape here rolls over seven hills on the Somerset and Devon border.

For more ideas, please visit our things to do in Dorset pages.