"Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast" Top 5 Page for this destination Lyme Regis by ranger49
Lyme Regis Travel Guide: 46 reviews and 95 photos
Over many years we have made several stops of the "passing through" kind in this famous seaside resort. These were mostly in the summer months when not only had the town been crowded but parking was always very difficult.
So we decided on a week in winter - the first in December 2010 - a week that turned out be one with the coldest temperatures on record. The snow did not last long but the frost remained and the sky was a brilliant blue.
There were fewer people about - though the weekend was busy. On week days it was lovely to stroll about and explore this fascinating town and the Jurassic Coast.
So much so we returned in April 2011 and again in September 2012.
On our first visit we have found a "home from home cottage" less than 2 hours drive from our home makes a perfect getaway.
On our third, most recent visit we had with us American relatives seeing Dorset for the first time and rented a larger house close to. Ltyme Regis I suspect we will be back again and again
Lyme Regis has a history of attracting visitors from long before mass tourism became a factor. The Cobb, built about 1250 to create an artificial harbour made the town an important port with its own Customs House. As long as the port flourished and and brought trade, the town enjoyed a period of prosperity that continued until the early 18th C.
It was the discovery of the joys and benefits of seabathing towards the end of the century that revived the ailing fortunes of the town. Among the first visitors was Jane Austen who later immortalised the Cobb as the scene of an unfortunate accident in her book Persuasion (published 1818.
It was about this time that Mary Anning, a local resident, was beginning her great discoveries of the fossils to be found on the sea shore - bringing geologists, botanists and other scientists to the area and placing the new significance of Lyme Regis firmly on the map.
More recently the Cobb was one of the "stars " of the 1980 film "The French Lieutenant's Woman" based on the novel by John Fowles, also starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons.
Capitalising on its location, natural history, literary and artistic associations and beautiful scenery the town continues to attract many visitors throughout the year.
The sun doesn't always shine!
It was very strange to look across the bay and see snow covered cliffs. This was not only an exceptionally cold day - never above - 6 degrees - but a very windy one too.
I was determined that day to walk to the end of the Cobb so we drove round - too windy and cold to walk along Marine Parade.
The wind seemed to have dropped so I set off, leaving John in the warmth of the RNLI shop.
I made it to the end and back but there were some worrying moments when a sudden gust seemed strong enough to blow me off my feet, amd how I wished I had the hooded cape of the French Lieutenenat's Woman to keep me warm!
On reflection - I would not again walk the Cobb on such a day. There was nobody else about, had I slipped or been blown off there would not have been one of Jane Austen's heroes to carry me to safety.
- Pros:Natural beauty and natural history
- Cons:Is it a con that people like to go there at all times?
- In a nutshell:An all year round destination with something for everyone
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