Fairwater Head Hotel
Scouse Lane, Hawkchurch EX13 5TX, England
More about Lyme Regis
even the gulls are relaxed in Dorset ;-)
this car park sleeps about hm... 10 cars!!!!
to the nothingness :-)
beautiful... perhaps a sun-osaurus? ;-)
Travel Tips for Lyme Regis
The Tourist Information Centre
This useful little office, run by the local council, has friendly, helpful, staff who can assist with almost any tourist query. They can help with accomodation, public transport and things to do. There's the usual freebie leaflets, including suggested walks, as well as guidebooks, maps etc for sale. They also act as ticket agents for local events and attractions, for places further afield such as the Eden Project and for National Express Coaches.
The TIC is located in the attractive little black and white building at the start of Church Street, next to the arched entrance for the Marine Theatre. The office is open 10 to 5, 7 days a week (except Sunday when it shuts at 4), during the summer and from 10 to 4 Monday to Saturday in winter. Phone number is 01297 442138 and you'll find the website HERE.
Lyme regis coastal path
we walked the coastal path from lyme regis to sid mouth 14th sept 2008, a beautiful walk, slow going through the vegetation of the undercliff route - average 2 miles per hour with lots of winding steps on the way to seaton
going towards charmouth we skipped the first section, but charmouth to weymouth took us 10 hours including golden cap which has cracking views highly recommended, and the harbour area of lyme regis looks good for cafes and spending some time amiring the view along the coast
The Two-Tone Town Beach Explained
I thought it a little strange that the town's main beach is half pebbles and half sand, with a groyne separating the two. That had me scratching my head until I found the answer on the website - both halves have been artificially created by importing thousands of tons of materials.
The pebble beach is part of the town's coastal defence and extends about 30 metres out to sea in order to protect the buildings on Marine Parade. Whilst the sand at the Cobb end was imported from France in order to provide a safe family beach area which no longer gets covered at high tide.
So now I know!
Walking the Undercliff.
A massive landslide in the 1800's created the Undercliff, now a hugely important site for both plants and animals. The landslide resulted in an area which has its own microclimate, and walking through it can sometimes feel almost jungle-like. There's only one path (it's dangerous to leave it, as there are holes and chasms hidden by the undergrowth) which leads from Seaton to Lyme (about 7 miles) and takes about 3 hours to walk. Occasional gaps allow you glimpses of the hidden, inaccessible shoreline below, whilst all around is birdsong and lush greenery. Highly recommended.
Get the bus to Seaton but get off at the Axemouth golf club. Walk straight up the club drive and keep going (across the green!) until you reach the top of the hill. The footpath is signed from there. Take a drink and food, because there's nowhere to get anything until you reach Lyme.
Side trip to the town of Beer
While you are in the area of Lyme Regis, there are good reasons to make the short excursion to the town of Beer. This delightful town has less tourist than Lyme Regis but is surely worth a visit. The beach is pretty (but stones and pebbles, not sand), and used to be known as a smuggling base; it still works as a place for fishing boats. The town has some nice shops, a few pubs and a small church. Overall, it has a good atmosphere.
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