Lyme Regis has got to be one of the most scenic areas in the country; drawn up by footpaths that spread across the Jurassic coastline in a net like pattern, mirrored by the sea that sweeps across the parallel; what better place to strap on your walking boots, chuck on a mac and get trekking.
The question you face yourself with is whether to explore the ocean breeze or find yourself surrounded my the Dorset and Devonshire fields. Either way, Lyme Regis is a wonderful place to start! Park up at any number of Lyme’s car parks, all of which are pay and display and equip with facilities, then fill yourself up with a hearty breakfast or lunch from one of the many cafe’s and restaurants found throughout the town; all offering a little community spirit and a friendly face to set you on your way. Get yourself down to the marine parade where you can kit yourself out with rainproof gear at Boylo’s ( because we all know what the British weather can do in a split second), hop next door for an OS Map from the National Trust shop and you’re good to go!
Iff you’re looking for that ocean breeze to keep you going you’ve got three options; South, West or East (although head South and you may only get a few meters before you have to get the swimming costume out).
Starting at Charmouth Carpark, near the football pitch on the East side of Lyme, head along the coastline over the golf course to Charmouth along the famous Black Ven cliffs where blue Lias Rock is found and famously where Mary Anning found the first Ichthyosaur. These cliffs, believe it or not, once held the old road between Charmouth and Lyme Regis before a series of landslides caused it to crumble onto the beach. Now the coastpath swings back on itself, carrying you through spittles woods, Charmouth golf course, fields and down into the villiage to find your feet at the beach on the other end. On the other hand iff you can time the tides right you can head long the beach at the base of the cliff and trip over a few fossils on your way. From here, you can carry on following the sea towards Golden cap, Seatown or even further on to Westbay. Or simply jump on the X51 or X53 bus from Charmouth Church back to Lyme Regis and treat yourself to a well deserved fuel stop. Catch this walk in the spring for a perfectly stunning experience of spittles woods dressed in a blanket of richly colourful bluebells!
– Charmouth Beach looking towards Lyme Regis
– Bluebell Spittle Woods
Get your compass out and start heading West to find yourself exploring the tropical felt undercliff, one of the first of Britain’s National Nature Reserves, that connects Lyme Regis to Seaton. There’s something about this walk that can only be compared to trekking through a tropical island with sneak peaks of hidden beaches appearing every now and again. The walk itself starts at the top of Monmouth carpark behind the Cobb and is just over 5 miles so be sure to stock up on energy filled goodies from Lyme Regis before you head off and follow the scent of icecream waiting for you at the other end! The Undercliff is known for its more than 40 species of birds and hundreds of species of animals and plants, taking you away from the busy manmade world and into natures hands; surrounded by tranquility and peacefulness. Make sure to carry with you your swimstuff or pick some up from Boylo’s before you leave, just incase you manage to spot the route down to Rousden beach; known as the ‘secret beach’ or Charton Bay which could only be compared to a blissful cove of crystal clear waters and total peacefulness. From Seaton you can carry on to Beer or jump on the X53 bus back into Lyme Regis.
– The Undercliff looking towards Lyme Regis
– Mapping the Undercliff
– Rousden Secret Beach or Charton Bay (as seen on map above)
Iff it’s that river walk through the fields you’re after than simply get yourself to the Town mill for a pre walk lunch or drink then follow the stream up towards Uplyme and quench your thirst at the Talbot Inn. The river winds its way up through the quaint town, out into the fields and through to the next villiage along of Uplyme. This is a slightly shorter option that will take around 40 minutes but is perfect in summer when trying to avoid a delayed bus or town traffic. At the other end of this walk in Uplyme there is also a park where the kids and dogs (or adults) can let loose and you can settle down for a picnic. Want to keep walking? Head up over the hills to the Uplyme Viaduct, Trinity Hill or to Raymonds hill where you’ll find Raymond’s Hill pub and restaurant; then hop back on the X51 bus into Lyme!
– The Town Mill
– The Viaduct
So as you can see there is no denying that wherever you may find yourself end up you will have left a beautiful town, walked a stunning scene and ended up in yet another lovely place; which is what the local area is all about. We are are all proud and thankful to be living in such a wonderful place and are only even more happy to share with you the secrets of Lyme Regis and its surrounding areas. There are a number of hidden gems dotted around such as Rousden beach and the Viaduct that any one of the local community will be happy to help get you on your way, whether it be directions, food, drink or a friendly face.