Lyme Regis is a beautiful little town on the south coast of England in a county called Dorset. The area that Lyme Regis is situated in is also called the Jurassic Coast because of the huge amount of fossils that can be found in this area. In fact the whole Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site.
If you have seen the film The French Lieutenants Woman you will have seen Lyme Regis as it was featured in the film and of course the book was based there.
The Cobb is the famous harbour wall. It provides a safe harbour for the fishing boats and also provides a lovely walk for visitors to the town. The Cobb is the main part of the town that is featured in The French Lieutenants Woman.
Lyme is one of my and my husbands favourite places in the world to visit and whenever we are anywhere near Lyme we always try and make a visit there. On our holiday in April we went twice. Once on the first evening for fish and chips - sadly rather unsatisfactory! - and then again for a days wandering and pottering about.
If you go to Lyme I recommend that you do not park your car right in the middle of the town as there are a couple of other car parks just a little walk from the sea front and they are massively cheaper - you can park for a whole day for just about the cost of one hours parking in the centre of the town I seem to remember!
There are some lovely shops and galleries, restaurants and a museum to enjoy. Of course you can just sit by the sea and take it all in or go for a walk. There is also a lovely mini golf place that looks out over the sea - what could be better!
I took so many photos - as I always do - that even after editing them and not including the selfies of hubby and I there were too many for one post. So today I am taking you along the sea front and then later in the week I will take you along The Cobb and show you the boats.
These wonderful lampposts are all along the sea front area and the swirly shape that you see represents an ammonite which are the fossils that you mainly find in this area.
You can see The Cobb as you walk along and the little buildings on it. Most of the beach is pebbles, but there is also a lovely sandy area that is used by families where children can dig and make sandcastles. Everyone else just sits on the pebbles or the concrete sea wall.
You might remember that we have put a concrete ammonite in our new garden path. It didn't come from Lyme Regis, but it reminds us of one of our favourite places. That is why we chose it!
There are lots of really pretty houses, especially along the sea front and as you drive down into the town. They have many architectural details that you do not see elsewhere.
Many of them are painted in fabulous seaside ice cream colours as well. What could be better for a house by the sea - other than not having to share with the visitors if you actually live there of course!
This house is raised up so is more private and must have wonderful views from these two balconies.
I love this thatched house. The lead drainpipes are wonderful aren't they.
This house has an amazing sundial on the front under the bay window. A detail that you definitely don't see on many houses.
This shows the detail on one of the drainpipes on the thatched house.
The tide was out so you can see that there rocks are showing. They are hidden when the tide is in which must have made this area quite treacherous for boats.
As we go along the seafront we get closer and closer to The Cobb.
It is good to turn back and look in the other direction too.
Walking along you go past the Jubilee Pavilion which is the tourist information office. We have never been inside, but we admire the building from the outside. Just a little bit further along is the National Trust shop which sells delicious ice cream - I recommend the salted caramel - and the amusement arcade where we spent a grand totally of 50 pence on one of the penny drop games - that requires 2 pence pieces these days! It was a fun way to spend some time.
In the picture below you can see the beautiful gardens that are laid out and just to the left of them - out of shot - is the mini golf that I mentioned earlier.
A few seagull shots are obligatory. There are a lot of seagulls in the town - although not as many as I saw in St Ives later in the week - and there are notices asking people not to feed them. Watch whatever you are eating with care as they will come and try to get a snack whether you are offering it or not.
The beach hut doors are painted in wonderful ice cream colours too. They suit the area and also go well with the colours of the houses. They can be hired by the day, week or season. If you are staying for a week, especially with children I imagine you would get a lot of use from a beach hut.
In my next Lyme Regis post we will walk along The Cobb and see the boats!
I hope that you enjoyed your walk. It was lovely to have you along with me!