Things to do and see in the Isle of Purbeck region near Chapman’s Pool
Collecting Fossils from the Foreshore in Chapman's Pool
If you have the keen eyes, you can come across many fossils strewn around the foreshore, however, prizing out any fossils from the cliff face can be dangerous and not recommended. Hammering is not allowed on this part of Jurassic World Heritage Coastline as the slightest disturbances can result in a cliff fall.
You can find fossils washed ashore on the foreshore. Ammonite and Pavlovia rotunda can be found in the foreshore clays flattened and still retaining much of their features. It is a good practice not to collect the fragile ammonites as they can break very easily and to leave them where they can be seen by others too.
Fishing in Chapman's Pool
Chapman's Pool due to its isolated location is relatively unfished when compared to other popular fishing locations. You can fish from the rocks along the bay while enjoying the outstanding natural beauty. For best results, it is recommended to fish in the first and last light at Chapman’s Pool.
Some of the fish species that have been caught at Chapman’s Pool before include:
Winter Species – Flounders, Whiting, Pouting, Codling and Rockling
Summer Species – Bream, Bass, Rays, Plaice and Mackerel
Recommended baits – Lugworms, Ragworms, mackerel, sandeels and squid
Life Boat Staion at Chapman's Pool
Many lives were lost nearby in the sea in the 1800s and eventually after much local pressure, a life boat station was built at Chapman’s Pool which was completed in 1867. However, due to shortage of a village nearby resulting in very few local volunteers and great expenses, it closed down in 1880. The building can still be found at Chapman’s pool and is now used as a fishing hut.
The walk to the Chapman's Pool is dog friendly and your little friend can have a great time jumping amongst the rocks and playing with the water, although it is advisable to watch out for them in the steep walks.