On the Yorkshire coast, there are rocks that date back to the Jurassic period and these have been exposed for all to see.
Robin Hood’s Bay, Staithes, Runswick, Boggle Hole and Saltburn are all great spots to go hunting for fossils and some of the fossils you see will be millions of years old.
This outdoor activity is something that Erin Ek Rush, the founder of Yorkshire Tots to Teens, loves to do with her family.
She told us a bit more about fossil hunting in Yorkshire: “The Yorkshire Coast is famous for its pebble beaches, which are replete with shards of jet and tiny pieces of amber but, most of all, fossils. As early as the 16th century, the Yorkshire Coast was mentioned as being a place where ‘stony serpents, wreathed up in circles, but eternally without heads’ could be found in the grey pebbles on the beach.
“We now know these to be 180-million-year ammonites, and there’s nothing we enjoy more than a summer day spent fossil hunting. Both Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay make for great destinations to find these fossilised treasures. There are tours you can join which are led by local palaeontologists, or you can set off on your own adventure. Just be sure to know the tide times and stay away from the cliff edge and possible falling rocks.”
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