Now, gather the kids and get your fossil hunting hats on during a stay in Barton-on-Sea, as the stretch of coastline between the resort and Highcliffe is renowned for its fossils. The Barton clay in this section of the cliffs becomes exposed at the hands of the elements throughout the year, and that means lots of opportunity to have a wander and try your luck at finding a 40 million year old piece of local history.
Visit on the right day and you may just see the fossils of prehistoric shells, shark teeth and ray teeth jutting from the cliffs, and whatever you discover you’ll have great fun trying for a few hours. It’s easiest to access this section of the beach from the Highcliffe end as there’s a car park and an even footpath that leads down to the foot of the cliffs.
If you visit during a period when the weather’s been fine then start by looking around the foot of the cliffs, but if you plan your hunt for a day when the weather’s been a little rough have a look on the sand as you walk along the beach as fossils are often thrown loose from the cliffs during stormy weather.