Charmouth lies on a steep east-facing slope running down to the edge of the River Char and its tributary to the east. The slopes become increasingly steep to the west. It lies just inland from the coast. The steep slopes dominate the setting.
Like so many coastal towns in the southwest of England, Charmouth takes its name from its situation at the mouth of the river Char. It has a pebble beach which reveals plenty of sand when the tide is out. The fossil hunters are always around, rejoicing over their ammonite finds. Ammonites were predatory molluscs that resembled squid, and good quality pyrite fossils which have been carefully cleaned and polished can command good sums of money.
To put things into perspective, the beach areas around Charmouth and Lyme Regis were recently listed by National Geographic as one of the top 21 in the entire world!
If you’re looking for a beautiful seaside holiday venue, that’s not been spoiled with seasonal overcrowding then Charmouth just might be for you. Renowned for its beaches and mesmerising fossils, it’s only a couple of miles from Lyme Regis on the fabulous Jurassic Coast. The picturesque village still retains its old world attraction and provides a sensational base for excursions to the beautiful Dorset and Devon coastlines and their quaint towns and villages.