LYME REGIS – The Pearl of Dorset
Lyme Regis: the perfect UK holiday destination, the town for all seasons. The year begins in January with the annual Lyme Lunge, in which a costumed crowd runs courageously into the winter waters of the bay. April’s Fossil Festival showcases the Jurassic Coast’s most famous rocks; May’s Jazz and Blues Festival its most skilled musicians; August’s Regatta its swiftest boats. Summer closes with a carnival. Autumn opens with Guitars on the Beach, what more could you ask for??
Lyme Regis is a great place to spend some time wandering around and discovering all little nooks and crannies! It has an array of little shops, the fudge shop, Lyme Regis Fossil Shop, Alices Bear Shop and Bear Hospital to name but a few. There are also lots of eateries to tempt your taste buds! For us it’s always a treat to sit on the beach with Fish and Chips and watch the waves roll in.
The World Famous Cobb :
Meryl Streep managed to get to the end of the Cobb in the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman in bad weather!! However, in Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Louisa Musgrove jumps off the steps, falls, and is concussed – so mind how you go!
One of the buildings on the Cobb has been converted to house a marine aquarium. The buildings are on the Victoria Pier, which is used by the working boats because it is the deepest part of the harbour, though even here at very low tides there is not enough water to allow mooring. Fishing and boat trips run regularly from the Cobb.
If you walk to the end of the Cobb and look back you can see great views of Lyme Regis, also a panoramic view of Charmouth, Stonebarrow, Golden Cap, West Bay and beyond to Chesil Beach.