Really enjoyed this walk organised by the Lyme Regis Museum. Paddy 'the bone' was our guide and he was excellent. He is the museum's archeologist and he told us so much. No question was too stupid for him and i believe everyone on the walk was inspired to be amateur fossil hunters after our walk. I must admit this is the first time I have been on holiday and wished that the weather had been rougher - apparently that's better fossil finding weather. Paddy showed us what to look for and also had models to show what the creatures looked like when alive. The local knowledge was invaluabe as he showed us which areas of the beach were better for particular finds.
As I had been inspired to visit Lyme Regis by reading Tracey Chevalier's Remarkable Creatures I was delighted to learn that it was Paddy who taught Tracey to fossil hunt whilst she was researching her book.
Wear boots and be prepared to get muddy! Don't forget to take a bag to put in all your finds, preferably a rugsack as you will need your hands free to pick up lots of goodies. Time just flies on the walk. Really couldn't believe that we'd been on the beach for 3 hours.
At the end of the walk Paddy found numerous rocks/pebbles and split them to find ammonites. These didn't alway look fantastic but he told us to go to his workshop in town to have them cleaned up (FOC). Some of those in our group didn't do this and it is such a shame as when cleaned they revealed so much more. Plus the guy in the workshop was full of enthusiam and info too. I actually bought a fossil from one of the many shops in Lyme for £14.95 the day before we went on walk. These were the same as the ones Paddy gave us from the split rocks!