About Our Fossil Hunting Tours
Our "Fossil Hunting Tours" have been designed for families, beginners and enthusiasts to show you how to find fossils in a safe and responsible manner.
All our tours take place on the North Yorkshire coastline around the seaside fishing port of Whitby.
This Coastline is called the "Dinosaur Coast" due to the amount of dinosaur footprints found in the local rocks.
The trips are very tide dependant. As such we have designed these trips based on the best possible tidal times. These "good" tide times only occur every other week.
Due to the distances and terrain it can be unsuitable for very small children and those with certain medical conditions. Please check the suitability sections of each tour to find out more.
For further information about each tour visit their respective webpages below
How do we book?
Booking is essential, particularly during any school holidays and bank holidays as these are our busiest times. I would advise booking well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Bookings can be placed directly on our website on the following website link BOOK NOW
or you can telephone our retail outlet "Natural Wonders" on 01947 821363 to make a booking or payment.
Where do we meet and what time do the trips leave?
Start times will be issued at the time of booking.
Please arrive before the advertised start time (roughly 15 minutes).
Each tour has its own designated meeting point see below.
Saltwick Bay Tour - Meet at Natural wonders fossil shop, grape lane, whitby
Runswick Bay and Kettleness Tours - Meet outside the Cafe near the Beach.
Sandsend - Meet outside the Wits End Cafe, Lythe Bank.
Staithes - Meet outside the Cod and Lobster pub near the Beach.
Robin Hood's Bay - Meet at the Bottom of the Road leading to the beach near the Youth Hostel at Boggle Hole.
All locations have been chosen due to the availability of car parking but during busy times please give plenty of time to find a car parking space and put enough on your car park ticket for the more than the length of the trip as sometimes the trips run over the allotted time.
Do we need to bring anything?
It is highly recommended that you wear sensible footwear such a wellington boots or hiking boots. There are rock-pools full of water and the surfaces can be very slippery. Good footwear is a must.
Bring appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.
Bring food and drink but remember what ever you bring with you must go home with you.
Finally you may want to bring a swag bag to put your awesome finds in.
Do we need to know anything else?
Please note that some of these tours are strenuous and can be very slippery under foot. They are not recommended for people with heart difficulties, people with walking difficulties, people with mobility issues, as well as very young children and babies. If you are unsure please get in touch we will be happy to answer any of you questions and queries.
Some of our tours do have a minimum age for children of 6 years old and over. This means that the terrain and distance is too much for younger children after taking feedback from previous families.
However, this year we are doing trips that would be more suitable for younger children ideally 4 years and up. Check the suitability and advertised age ranges on the individual tour page before booking.
If you have booked and are not planning on turning up for whatever reason please do let us know ASAP. We have a 24-hour answering machine in the shop so you can leave messages outside of shop hours.
What happens if you have to cancel?
If you cancel within 48 hours of your allocated trip then we can re-book you into another, offer a refund or offer you the money you have paid as store credit in the shop. If you do not turn up for the or cancel 24 hours before the trip then all monies paid will not be returned.
If we have to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances or inclement weather (extreme rain, thunder and lightning, Stormy conditions) we will ring you as soon as we possibly can. We will offer you a reduced tour (if possible), a full refund, a rearranged date, or value of goods in the store.