If you arrive in Lyme with your car you will immediately realise 2 things:
1) the lack of parking availability if you are not the early bird that catches the early worm ... or in the case one of the few car park spaces!
2) The car parks charge ALL the time... day, night, weekday, weekend day... and whilst this WILL rattle through ALL your cash, the most irksome thing about it is that you are forever clock watching!
The good thing about having a vehicle is that you are not 1) forced to accommodate in town where accommodation is always lacking in availability 2) you are not quite so restricted to town for the whole of each day because, let us face it... there really is only so much time one can fossil collect and walk up and down the same stretch of beach...especially if the weather is not so kind!
The first car park is the one you see in my photo.. let us call it the town car park
Keep going, towards The Cobb and there is one that i much larger HOWEVER,,, I was the early bird,,, when I returned to my car I had at least 10 cars wondering if they could get to my space first!!!!
Lyme used to have a railway station but that was axed in the 1960's following the Beeching cuts. The nearest railway station is at Axminster, on the mainline between London Waterloo and Exeter. From there the First bus, service #31, runs hourly between Axminster and Weymouth with Lyme Regis being about 20 minutes away.
As the bus crests the hill entering the town the journey takes on aspects of being on a rollercoaster, especially if you are at the front on the top deck, with the steepness of the main road tilting the bus at what seems an impossible angle downwards as it weaves its way between the parked (and moving) cars on the misappropriately-named Broad Street - keep your fingers crossed that the brakes have been looked after!
The main bus stop arriving is at the Post Office and returning from the square at the bottom of Broad Street.
For First bus timetables use 1st website. 2nd is for Traveline which is useful for all public transport around the southwest.