The beautiful UK seaside village a short walk from some of Britain's prettiest beaches

Several of some of Britain’s prettiest beaches are easily accessible from one small seaside . Charmouth, an unassuming village in Dorset, is home to just 1,338 people, all of whom are sandwiched between landscapes showcasing some of the best examples of Britain’s natural beauty.

The community is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and on the stretch of ancient coastline known as the Jurassic Coast.

The latter location means that visitors to Charmouth can enjoy access to some of the country’s most beautiful and fossil-laden shores.

Among them is one that was once nominated as one of the best beaches in the UK and the world.

In 2017, Charmouth Beach was nominated by BBC Countryfile Magazine as one of the country’s five best beaches.

The beach’s sandy shores were deemed perfect for families, and thanks to a local river, they are split into two that can serve very different purposes.

The River Char bisects Charmouth’s shores, creating an east and west beach, the former of which is a destination for sunbathers and families thanks to its smaller, less invasive pebbles.

The west beach, which stretches all the way to Lyme Regis, is better known for its fossil hunting opportunities due to its larger pebbles.

The beach has received global recognition, as it was included alongside its neighbour Lyme Regis as the only UK entry on National Geographic’s list of the 21 Best Beaches in the World, again in 2017.

The west beach leads up to Charmouth’s Heritage Centre, which holds a vast fossil collection showing local finds.

Further inland, visitors can find a host of cafe’s pubs to relax in, and those more inclined to adventure can try scaling local hill the Golden Cap – the highest point in the southwest – or even try out an aerial tree tunnel rope complex.

Charmouth Beach is just a 0.8 mile walk from the main village, with Lyme Regis (1.8 miles) and Seatown (3.6 miles) not far away at all.

Among the most recommended local activities is another town altogether, Lyme Regis, which is so close it is accessible by walking from Charmouth.

The historic town is one of the UK’s most fascinating, thanks to its even larger collection of fossils, some of which are built into the local infrastructure.

Tourists who find their way to Lyme Regis can also enjoy local boat tours, crabbing, the marine aquarium complete with interactive tanks, and another sandy beach.


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