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Osmington Mills beach lies on the coast of East Dorset roughly midway between Overcombe near Weymouth and Ringstead Bay.
The rocky beach lies seaward of Osmington Mills village and is relatively easy to access. Boulder strewn, it is not really for children, but is a favourite with geologists as the cliffs at Osmington Mills are well known for their excellent sections of Upper Jurassic Corallian Beds and Kimmeridge Clay; and fossil hunters who may uncover bivalves such as Gryphaea - commomly known as 'Devil's toenails'.
Osmington Mills can be accessed by parking at the bottom of the road at Osmington Mills, off the A353.
A word of caution: Please check tide times before you visit as you can easily be cut off at this location.
If fossil hunting please follow the Fossil Code of Conduct. Do NOT hammer the cliff.
The location is popular with visitors, offering accommodation in a number of camping and caravan sites, as well as attractive walks along the South West Coast Path.
Osmington Mills is also part of the Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Site, more commonly referred to as the 'Jurassic Coast'.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Interesting geology
OS Explorer Map OL15: Purbeck & South Dorset
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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