Lyme Regis

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Lyme Regis is a seaside town in situated in south-west Dorset in the West Country of England.

Understand[edit]

For tourist information see: The Lyme Regis Official Tourist Information Guide [1].

Lyme Regis is an historic unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port on the world famous Cobb harbour. Surrounded by beautiful coastlines and countryside, the area has now been awarded World Heritage Site Status; famous for its geology and fossil finds.

The town is famous for "The Cobb", a large harbour wall, that has featured in novels by Jane Austen (who was a frequent visitor to Lyme Regis). The Cobb was used as a setting for Persuasion, a film of Jane Austen's novel. The Cobb was also used in the film The French Lieutenant's Woman, starring Meryl Streep, based on the book of the same name by local writer John Fowles.

Get in[edit]

  • Trains: The nearest train station is Axminster, which is on the route from Waterloo to Exeter.
  • Buses: There is also a good bus service along the Jurassic Coast. Bus services that run through Lyme Regis are the X53 and the 31
  • Car: The town's 8 publicly accessible car parks are moderately expensive and fill up very quickly on summer days. It is advisable to get in early to be within a chance of finding a parking space. Openstreetmap is a useful resource, outlining the location of the car parks in Lyme Regis.

Alternatively, you can P&R - it costs £5 for a day. Note that the P&R is not a year-round service. For more information, visit http://www.lymeregis.org/parking.aspx.

Get around[edit]

One very good way to get around is to walk. Lyme Regis is on the South West Coast path and there are many circular routes from and around Lyme Regis.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The Cobb: a large harbour wall, that has featured in novels by Jane Austen (who lived for a time in Lyme Regis) and in the film The French Lieutenant's Woman, based on the book of the same name by local writer John Fowles.
  • Philpot Museum: [2], admission adults £2, concessions £1.50, children with adult free
  • Chimney Rock: is an interesting Geological Feature, almost immediately accessible from a footpath from Ware Lane, or about a twenty minute walk away, along Pine Walk and the SW Coast path from holmbush car park. It is a remnant stack of Chert Beds, and is located at a point which offers impressive views across Lyme Bay.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Fossil hunting in front of the cliffs by the beach. There are lots of fossilised ammonites in the sediment layers in the cliffs, and as weathering occurs, the cliffs are eroded and the fossils are left on the beach. The best time to go hunting is in Spring, when the winter's storms have exposed many fossils. Most are small, some are the size of your palm, and one or two are surprisingly large--up to a metre in diameter!
  • Crazy Golf in Langmoor Gardens overlooking the Promenade.
  • Relax on the Beach where you get fantastic views of England's first natural World Heritage Site - the Jurassic Coast.
  • Walk the undercliff Walk the SW Coast path from Lyme Regis to Axmouth. The Lyme to Axmouth route is a seven mile long uninterrupted footpath which navigates through the Undercliff Nature reserve. Note that the terrain is very steep in areas.
  • Trill Farm Nearby Trill Farm occasionally hosts family events and activities. Such events may involve Trill's bouldering wall, high wires course (with a 50m zip wire) and nature trails. If one wishes to utilize the high wires course, they must book a while in advance.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Fish on the Cobb.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • There are lots of restaurants in Lyme Regis but none that have really made a great impression.
  • There are also a few fish and chip shops.
  • River Cottage (Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall) is opening a restaurant in Axminster about 5 miles from Lyme Regis [3].

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • The Cobb Arms, just next to the harbour, three nice and clean rooms, modern bathroom, double £60.00
  • Springfield House, Woodmead Road, DT7 3LJ, 01297 443409. A warm welcome awaits at this large elegant Georgian House with stunning views of the sea and Dorset coastline. Close to all amenities. Private car park. Room rates £33 - £38  edit

Get out[edit]



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