Mention Dorset and beach in the same sentence and most people immediately think of Lyme Regis
Situated in the far west of the county, the seaside town of Lyme Regis lies close to the border with Devon and is probably best known for its portrayal in the Hollywood film, 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' where the striking harbour wall the 'Cobb' is pictured.
There are actually five beaches in Lyme Regis. They are:
• Front (Town) Beach just east of the Cobb and Harbour;
• Cobb Gate Beach near the Museum;
• Church Cliff Beach located in front of the rock armour that protects the promenade;
• Monmouth Beach southwest of the Cobb - so named because the Duke of Monmouth landed here in 1685; and
• East Cliff Beach that runs northeast from the town towards canary Ledges, Black Ven and Charmouth - the cliffs here are very unstable and frequent landslips occur due to the underlying geology.
Also synonymous with fossils and fossil hunting, the beach is a good place to search for fossils including ammonites. Always consult tide tables before collecting and follow the 'Fossil Code'. Better still join a daily guided tour such as 'Brandon Lennon's Fossil Walks'.
Fossil Code: The best, and safest, place to look for fossils is on the beach where the sea has washed away soft clay and mud. Do not collect or hammer into the cliffs, fossil features or rocky ledges. Keep collecting to a minimum. Avoid removing in situ fossils, rocks or minerals.
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✔ Interesting geology
OS Explorer Map 116: Lyme Regis and Bridport
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: