Fossil Hunting on the Jurassic CoastMonday, October 10, 2016
On the south coast of Devon the village of Branscombe is a hidden little gem. It forms part of the Jurassic coast and there are fossils out there, in the cliffs, just waiting to be discovered. I have to admit, driving to the village was a bit of a nightmare; the narrow roads and numerous tourists did not a merry mix make. In haste and amid (my) concern that there was NOWHERE to park, we left the car at the first opportunity but as it turns out there is plenty of parking down on the coast and some behind the village hall. The village itself appears to be National Trust-ised, with several places to visit like the mill and the forge, plus a tearoom and information point. I took a map of the village and clung to it as if the day depended upon it. We wanted some food so decided to walk to the Masons Arms which was very busy and the tables which weren't occupied had reserved signs up and the bar was busy so we left, with grumbly, rumbly tummies. It turns out that the Sea Shanty beach cafe on the seafront was a real blessing; proper good hearty meals as well as light bites. I indulged in a burger while C ate a fish burger and we felt so much better, all set up for the afternoon.
We sat on the pebbles and took turns in throwing stones at our carefully constructed target. I'll admit it took a long while to hit it and I didn't get a single shot on target all afternoon....