The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site stretches 95 miles, telling the story of 185 million years of coastal change – including the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. With rare and important plants and animals. The cliffs around Lyme Regis constantly crumble and slip into the sea, revealing the fossils from the ancient Jurassic past. Take a fossil hunting walk and discover fossilised remains of giant ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, belemnites and ammonites that can be found on the beach.
For more, visit the official Jurassic Coast website
Beaches & Marine Parade
Family-friendly, sandy beaches and an often surprising micro climate in the shelter of Lyme Bay. Marine Parade is a great place to walk, sit, enjoy the views and visit its small shops and eating places. Catch some crabs or go on a boat trip to explore the beautiful coastline.
The Old Town
The old town, dating back to the 14th century, is an ideal place to walk and explore the local shops, art galleries, newly replanted gardens with a myriad of places to stop and eat and drink. Built around the River Lym, Lyme has its own working Water Mill, recently refurbished to include an electricity generator. Lyme Regis is probably the smallest town in the country to boast its own cinema, theatre and museum.
Magnificent naval architecture and connections with great literature. The steps where Louisa Musgrove fell in Jane Austen’s Persuasion and where Meryl Streep stood, looking forlornly out to sea, in the film adaptation of John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman.
Not lots of famous art, but Lyme Regis does have a Banksy. Appearing in 2012, and verified with a posting on Banksy’s website, it is a beautiful modern addition to the town. We aren’t going to tell you where exactly – we hope you enjoy tracking it down.
Whether rambles in the country side or a brisk walk along the coastal path, Devon and Dorset are beautiful places to stroll (or cycle).
Cannington Viaduct is within a mile of the house, Lyme Regis is a gentle couple of miles into the old town (through Ware is particularly beautiful).
There are tennis courts and bowling. And many choices of water sports and diving.
For runners there are beautiful long or short routes directly from the house. Watch out for the hills, calves need to be well stretched before heading up and down.
Food & Drink
For fine diners, Mark Hix’s renowned Oyster & Fish House has beautiful views across the bay from its terrace and indoors (pictured) in Lister Park.
The Volunteer is a old style pub in the town centre with good pub food and excellent ales.
No stay is complete without some traditional fish & chips – the booths down on the Cobb are excellent.
There are numerous other restaurants and some beautiful traditional English pubs close by.
River Cottage HQ, home to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his team, is just minutes away and has cookery courses and other events. (See more about the River Cottage, their cookery courses and events.)
And you can sample Hugh’s menus in the River Cottage Canteen in Axminster.
And last, but not least…..Walter
You could visit Walter, the Cedar House’s adopted donkey. He lives at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth.
The Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre are a mine of information about the myriad of local attractions and activities. They are on Church Street at the bottom of town or on 01297 442138.
And online, Lyme Regis, is an excellent website for pre-holiday research.