I said in my post yesterday that I would share more about The Cobb at Lyme Regis in a few days, but I decided that I couldn't wait! The first day of June - and summer perhaps! - seemed like a good day for another seaside walk. So todays little journey will be along The Cobb. You can read more about Lyme Regis in my previous posts here.
The Cobb is essentially the harbour wall which provides a safe haven for the boats. There are a couple of buildings on The Cobb as well.
This is also where the sandy part of the beach is. You can see that families enjoy using this to sit on and build sandcastles!
When we visited the tide was out so the boats were all stranded in the sandy mud. This does give sailors chance to walk out to their boats and do any maintenance to them though.
You can see this man was walking around quite a bit. I had no idea what he was doing but he seemed quite happy. I really like his yellow wellington boots!
Here you can see the yellow booted man again!
The things that look like big plastic buckets hanging off the back of the boats are indeed big plastic buckets - often called Tub Trugs - and are to protect the outboard motors on the boats.
There is a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) boat stationed at Lyme Regis as there are at many seaside towns. This is where the lifeboat is housed. It can easily be launched from here straight into the sea.
I couldn't get a picture of the boat as people kept walking past and looking at it. I didn't think that explaining I was a blogger and needed to show you would go down so well!
Now we are actually walking along The Cobb itself.
To one side all of these colourful canoes and kayaks are stacked up. They make a great display and colourful addition and are used as well!
You can see how far we have come as in yesterdays post we walked all long in front of the buildings that you can see in this photo below.
Looking in the other direction you see that the beach is large stones. There is now where to sit here. If you keep walking towards the headland though that is where the fossils can be found. Many famous fossil hunters have found very interesting specimens here and there are several fossil shops in the town selling things that have come from this area.
There are also quite a few boats stored on this area of the beach waiting to be launched when the owners want to go out to sea.
This is the outside wall of The Cobb. As you go further along it gets even higher compared to the sea level. We never walk on this outside wall as we are not brave enough! Lots of people do though.
The seagulls were very happy larking around in the mud looking for food. They are happy to wander!
I liked this boat called Wild Goose, although with the gull in the picture it occurs that perhaps it could be called Wild Gull!
A lot of boats use the harbour. They are probably mostly fishing boats.
If you look back at my old Lyme Regis posts (here) you will see that last year when we came here this area of cobbles had been washed away. Some of them have been replaced, but others are still being repaired. The job is nearly done though.
You can see one of the men working on the replacement cobbles. The newly completed area is covered with hessian to protect the mortar from the weather - this was still only April.
Another reason why we don't like to walk along the top high wall of The Cobbis because of the steps that you have to use to come down again. These are some of the steps! Yikes!! Yes, just stones stuck out of the wall. No handrail!! Not for me at all. Although I love to look at them.
As you reach the end of The Cobb the view changes again. We have now gone past the harbour area.
You can see how the rocks are wearing away as the sea pounds them year after year, decade after decade.
These steps are slightly better, but not much. The really do lean at that angle that you see there! At least there isn't a gap between each step here.
The view looking back at the town - above - and the harbour wall - below is lovely. A real English seaside view in my opinion.
It is amazing to see the effect that the sea has on the rocks and sand. The patterns in the sand and all the weed that grows on the rocks.
This is the very very end of The Cobb. A large pile of granite rocks that extends quite some way out into the sea to make a breakwater. On the day that we visited the sea was very calm, but there are often waves breaking upon these rocks sending spray flying everywhere.
All along the walking surface of The Cobb there are odd objects embedded in which are probably old pieces of metal used to tie up boats. You can see some of it here. Rusting away quietly!
This little boat was waiting for the tide to come back in so that it could return to harbour again.
I leave you with a final set of steps!
I hope that you enjoyed coming along The Cobb with me today. I have said it before, but really, if you are ever in the area it really is a great place to visit and is very good for families, couples or anyone looking for a nice place to be!