Lyme Regis – Dorset

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This town in west Dorset lies at Lyme Bay on the English channel coast at the Dorset/Devon border.

It is noted for fossils found in the cliffs and beaches on the heritage or Jurassic Coast, a world heritage site. Lyme Regis is best known for the Cobb, a protective harbour wall built during the early years of the port. It provided an artificial harbour and a protective breakwater to shelter the town from storms.

We headed there from our base in Devon and began the day with breakfast at the Lyme Bay restaurant and café which overlooked the harbour. When we arrived it was fairly quiet with parking aplenty but by midday the whole place was chock-a-block with holiday makers walking along the promenade and building sandcastles on the beach. It was beautiful and we just quaffed through the busyness and strolled all the way around to the fishing boats on the far side of the harbour.

There really is something for everyone in Lyme Regis whether that be relaxing on the beach, souvenir shopping, simply walking around or having a bite to eat and a few pints. Even though it was busy, we were always able to find ourselves a little nook where we could relax and take it all in.