'The Jurassic Coast'
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  • Barbara Green (Sunday, August 19 18 10:56 am BST)

    That was brill thanks for your help - Silas (aged 10). The highlight of our holiday, a great day that appealed to the whole family (aged 10-65). We all found ammonites, belemnites and Silas found a crinoid stem We fossil hunted every day for the remainder of our holiday.

  • David McCreadie (Monday, August 13 18 08:47 am BST)

    Great fossil walk with Martin. My 6 year old and I enjoyed whole day. Very interesting talk to begin then onto the fossil hunt. We know exactly what we are looking for each time now. Reassuring focus on safety and a mix of good humour too.

  • Wendy Hocking (Sunday, August 05 18 10:31 pm BST)

    Thank you Martin for a fascinating afternoon of fossil hunting. We stayed on the beach for a couple more hours, armed with all the knowledge you very enthusiastically shared with us. People from other groups were even asking you questions. We certainly made the right choice to choose your group. A memorable birthday indeed.

  • Martin Bunce (Friday, August 03 18 11:37 pm BST)

    Thanks Martin for a very enjoyable afternoon, fossil hunting made simple! We came away with a loads of treasure that we would have missed before we had our new easy to understand knowledge, I would highly recommend a walk with Martin. One suggestion, perhaps a simple printed sheet to take away with a reminder of the shapes colours and names of the fossils we discussef and looked for

  • Dr Uttom Chowdhury (Friday, August 03 18 11:19 pm BST)

    Such a logical and simple approach to fossil hunting. Martin made it simple and fun for our 8 year old daughter yet stimulating for our 16 year old son. We learnt so much in a short time. He clearly is so knowledgeable but its his passion and enthusiasm that has rubbed off on us. Thank you so much.

  • Ruairi Corr (Wednesday, August 01 18 08:57 pm BST)

    Cracking day yesterday with Martin at Charmouth beach. He was very knowledgeable, I learnt loads about fossils. I would highly recommend him and would love to go back and find more fossils and learn more about them. 😀

  • Deirdre Corr (Wednesday, August 01 18 08:45 pm BST)

    My blind son went on one of Martin's guided walks yesterday and had a great time. Martin was so helpful and informative. Will book again!

  • Douglas Anderson (Tuesday, July 31 18 07:23 pm BST)

    Fantastic & informative day with the family on Charmouth beach. Martin is extremely knowledgeable and has an excellent way of keeping the kids engaged and passing on meaningful techniques and details that can be used again in the future. Fantastic and highly recommended!

  • Steve Hollins (Tuesday, July 31 18 06:52 pm BST)

    Me and two teenage kids went out with Martin on a hot July day. The kids were a bit sceptical beforehand but thanks to the informative pre-talk they were kept busy all morning looking for fossils. We actually found quite a few despite the difficult conditions. Thanks Martin, thoroughly recommended.

  • Bridget Cunninghame (Tuesday, July 31 18 06:30 am BST)

    We travelled from Abu Dhabi to do a fossil walk in Charmouth. Martin was really good, after the safety talk there was a lesson on what we should be looking for on the beach, with great examples and pictures. Martin certainly set us up for a great few days of fossil hunting. Definitely worth the time and money. Martin was always easy to contact through email and a last minute change due to the weather was accommodated.

  • Patricia (Saturday, July 28 18 05:55 am BST)

    Thursday we had a great tour with Martin Curtis in Charmouth. He makes it fun for both kids and adults. We've learned a lot in 3 hours. This resulted in some great finds at Monmouth Beach yesterday, thanks!

  • Adrian and Jamie (Friday, July 27 18 08:06 pm BST)

    Can’t thank Martin enough for our intro into fossil hunting today. Myself and my 5 year old son absolutely loved it and we’ll definitely be back. His passion is second to none, and it clearly showed throughout the brief and talk, to out on the beach hunting. Thoroughly informative. Nothing was too much trouble and he always had time for each and every group member on the hunt. We had some nice little finds today thanks to Martin. Thank you so much.

  • Kathy Boardman (Friday, July 27 18 06:00 pm BST)

    We got up early, two family groups with kids aged 5 years to 11 years and met Martin in Charmouth. We had the best half day. A lesson in fossils and then a walk on the beach. We learnt and laughed. The kids had a great time. We all found fossils, and found a new hobby. I will always look down on the beach, never want to miss anything. We are expert fossil hunters for life. Thanks Martin

  • Diane (Monday, July 23 18 12:04 am BST)

    Martin was a wonderful guide; knowledgeable, entertaining and passionate. We all learned quite a bit about fossils and the history of the Jurassic Coast. Very fun day out!

  • Louise Morgan (Thursday, June 28 18 12:23 pm BST)

    Brilliant 3 hours spent with Martin recently at Charmouth. This was our introduction into fossil hunting for both myself and Husband, along with our two boys age 6 & 8. Helpful and informative information session before heading down to the beach to put our new knowledge into action. We found quite a few fossils on the beach which kept the boys interested. Martin was great. Super friendly, knowledgeably and passionate about fossils. The Morgan family.

  • Hesther (Thursday, June 21 18 05:59 pm BST)

    Just wanted to thank you again for a fabulous day out.... great walking to Golden Cap and the fossil hunting was great fun. Martin is really knowledge about the paths and local geology, with a real passion for what he does. It made for a fascinating day out and I learned loads... will definitely be back later this year!

  • Tricia (Tuesday, May 22 18 02:28 pm BST)

    May 6th 2018- Excellent few hours spent fossiling with Martin, very informative and interesting, you really dont need hammers & chisels to find fossils. thoroughly enjoyed by a group of 8 ranging from 5yrs to 65yrs. All happy with their fossil finds, and a new found hobby. Highly recommend Martin.

  • Lea (Monday, May 14 18 09:22 am BST)

    Thank you for some enjoyable and informative hours on the beach! We have definitely learned how to spot fossils and both kept hunting the next day.

  • Dave (Monday, April 09 18 12:19 pm BST)

    Hi Martin,

    Just wanted to say thanks for your time last week. The briefing session was very informative and set us up nicely for the hunting on the beach which the kids and Grandma all enjoyed as well.

    Thanks once again

  • Son Alberto and Dad Andrea (Saturday, April 07 18 06:31 am BST)

    You feel to walk in the old past...Martin is N.1 professional guide! He is able to transfer to you his knowledge in simply way. My 22 son and me appreciate a lot the jurassic tour and hunting fossil. I hopo to come back and to a long distance walk with Martin to see all the Dorset wonderfull history coast.

  • Prudence (Tuesday, April 03 18 11:14 pm BST)

    We started with a very informative session on safety, what to look for and how to find fossils. Martin helped us look for fossils on the beach and we all went home with various fossil souvenirs that we found in our own.

  • Janine & Elliot (Saturday, March 31 18 10:31 pm BST)

    Hi Martin,

    I wanted to thank you very much for a really fantastic morning!!

    We learned so much from you and it was brilliant fun putting our new found knowledge into practice.

    I am so grateful to you for igniting the start of something really special I can enjoy with my son!

    We were thrilled with our little haul and can’t wait to get back out hunting again :)

    With grateful thanks.

  • Paul Richardson (Saturday, March 17 18 08:58 pm GMT)

    A brilliant and memorable morning’s fossil hunting with Martin.
    Informative and knowledgable we had a great time with Martin ‘s enthusiasm shining through. Some great finds was the icing on the cake. Thank you Martin.

  • Nicola Fox (Monday, February 26 18 08:51 pm GMT)

    A big thank you to Martin Curtis for a fantastic fossil walk this weekend. We were a party of 10 ranging from 5 to 71 in age and all of us thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Martin made the walk educational as well as fun and I would definitely recommend it to all!

  • Mark and Chacasta (Sunday, October 29 17 05:41 pm GMT)

    Great day for us and the 2 kids with Martin

    He has so much knowledge and completely dispelled my myth of needing a hammer to find fossils 😊
    We had never been before and thoroughly enjoyed the start of our fossil hunting journeys

    We will do it again. Just need to wait for that big storm and high tides

    Great afternoon Martin and thanks for passing in so much knowledge

    Our oldest (10) could not stop talking about it once we got home and is taking everything we found into school next week

    Great fun and well worth the money 👍

  • Roddie (Monday, September 11 17 12:34 pm BST)

    We had an fascinating day with Martin, walking, fossil-hunting and site-seeing. His local knowledge meant we visited the right places, and even helped us plan other outings later in the week. From Martin’s knowledge of the ancient and more recent history of the Jurassic Coast we learnt far more than we could have gleaned on our own. It was a really good day out!

  • Makkuni Jayaram (Jay) (Monday, August 28 17 07:05 pm BST)

    Walking the Jurassic coast in Martin Curtis’s trail
    This summer we had wonderful family holiday, walking the Jurassic coast for five days. We were a motley group, two sexagenarians, three able bodied young adults in their early thirties and an 18-month old riding on a pair of broad shoulders. The experience would not have been as delightful as it turned out to be without Martin—who led the walks, and Brian—who drove to and from points of interest and arranged the sandwich and bottled water lunches—all with an effortless congeniality and almost clockwork efficiency.
    Martin planned each day meticulously, taking into account wind and weather and selecting the distances for each day with due consideration to the oldest and the youngest of the party. The walks were so well timed that at the end of each well spent day, we found ourselves in one of Martin’s favorite coffee places just in time for a well-deserved and much enjoyed caffeine fix.
    Martin will take you back 200 million years, and educate you on the geological history of the coast from the Triassic through Jurassic and the lower and upper cretaceous periods, painted along the magnificent sea cliffs as magenta red, grey-green and lime white from the bottom to the top. He will escort you safely on a trek across a particularly pebbly—and not so easy to negotiate—beach to one of the most impressive rock tablets decorated with fossils. Martin will convince you that the dinosaur foot prints before your eyes are their primary impressions, contrary to what one school of palaeontologists might want you to believe. He is careful to guide you around the herds of cows that stubbornly block your path—and in one instance included a couple of ‘White Belted Galloways’ that Martin had warned us earlier in the day could be dangerously aggressive. Martin will also take lots of pictures—all of them quite beautiful—for lasting memories of your Jurassic coast adventure.
    To me the last day’s walk was the most memorable—starting from Lulworth up and down steep grassy hills—each hard climb rewarded with spectacular views of the coast—and finally descending into the little village of Tyneham. We drove back to Lulworth to have a look at the not to be missed ‘Durdle Door’ before being dropped off at the train station. Martin waited till we were safely boarded, and en route to London and then back to the States.
    The Jurassic experience was educational, invigorating, and exceed expectations. If I were to walk the coast again, I would want to do it with Martin leading the way.

  • Rachel (Monday, August 21 17 10:34 pm BST)

    Thank you Martin for the fantastic fossil hunt and helping us achieve our mission to find some ammonites. You're a great guide with so much patience, knowledge and make it fun for all ages. Thank you so much!

  • Rasika Harshey (Sunday, August 06 17 06:47 pm BST)

    Thank you Martin for a fabulous week filled with challenging and beautiful hikes through the unspoiled landscape of the Jurassic coast, fantastic sights of the different Mesozoic periods, and enlightened running commentaries, making this a very memorable and educational holiday for me and my family. You have the perfect temperament and personality for a guide - learned, flexible, cautious, and sunny! You were truly indispensable for this rich experience! Thank you so much!!

  • Judith (Sunday, July 30 17 08:01 am BST)

    We went with Martin on a guided fossil hunting tour with our children aged 6 and 4. Especially our 6 year old son was very enthousiastic about the fossils and under Martin's great guidance and explanation even found a very nice ammonite by himself! We had a great time and I would definitely recommend the tour to other families!

Carol Young, Scotland 'Thank you Martin for a great day fossil hunting yesterday and the guided walk to golden cap view point and west bay. The whole family were very impressed that we found some actual fossils for ourselves and your enthusiasm is infectious as Simon and I were out first thing this morning in our little sea cove and found a huge haul of devils toenails which had you not taught us what to look out for we would've just carried on walking over oblivious what was underfoot!'

 

Richard Haynes, UK 'Martin guided seven blind veterans during a week of walking on the Jurassic coast. It was a truly epic week which was taxing both physically and mentally.  Martin’s knowledge of the geography and history, combined with his enthusiasm,  ensured we experienced the wonders of this beautiful and interesting coastline.  If you have never experienced the Jurassic coast, Martin will ensure you get to see the very best of it.  Martin, from the seven Blind Veteran members, a huge thank you, the week was awesome and one we definitely will not forget!'

 

Dana Thayer, New York 'We had a fabulous half-day guided tour with Martin. He is the master of taking his clients to the perfect view spot, was really knowledgeable about geology and fossils, and covered multiple sections of the Jurassic Coast with a mix of driving and hiking. A few bonus Broadchurch filming locations were really a thrill.  Thank you, Martin!'

 

Frank Peters, Dutch travel photographer and journalist 'Martin Curtis didn't just guide me on a trip, he guided me through the story of the Jurassic Coast. I felt the passion he has for 'his' coastline and that goes further than just the hotspots and the main stories. He took me to the highlights and the places off the beaten track. I found fossils, stood in the footprints of dinosaurs and enjoyed the best views the Jurassic Coast has to offer'

 

Jim Dascoli, USA 'We'd like to thank Martin for a phenomenal 4 hour hike last week while we were in Dorset, the area of West Bay and on the Jurassic shoreline. He was a super guide and I'd recommend him to anyone visiting'

 

Jo Hewitt, UK 'Lovely varied walk along the Jurassic Coast, the stunning views from Houns Tout and St Aldhelm's Head were well worth the climb. Thanks for a great day!'

 

Jane Wiliams, UK 'Walks are extremely well planned and guided, with safety being a priority at all times. I have seen amazing scenery and places of interest along the Jurassic Coast that I wouldn't have done if I had not been on one of these walks'

 

Elaine, UK 'Just to say a big thank you, we had a wonderful time exploring Monmouth beach and the limestone pavement and would recommend a tour because we learnt lots thank you again'  

 

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