Lyme Regis, England

Today. my wife and myself spent most of the day at Lyme Regis on England's south coast. Weather was warm and dry with only a light breeze.

Panorama of Lyme

Information on Lyme Regis

The town has a population of 4800 and is located in west Dorset, 25 miles west of Dorchester and east of Exeter.It is sometimes dubbed "the Pearl of Dorset". It lies by the English Channel at the Dorset-Devon border. The town is recognosed for fossils found in local cliffs and beaches on the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site.

Local fossils for sale

The town is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. In the 13th century Lyme developed as one of the major Britsh ports. A Royal Charter was granted by Edward I in 1284 when "Regis" was added as a suffix. This charter was confirmed by Queen Elizabeth in 1591. 

A key feature at Lyme is the Cobb, an old stone pier forming an extensive harbour and believed to date from the time of King Edward I in the 13th century. The origin of the name is unknown but there are records of ana ancient event called then "Cobb Ale Feast".

The Cobb extends to 870 feet which forms a fine promenade although the upper surface has an inbuilt slope. 

The Cobb at Lyme

The French Lieutenants's Woman

This is both a book and film. The former was authored by John Fowles who lived in the local area. The film (1981) featured the Cobb.

The story is set in Victorian Lyme Regis and follows unconventional Sarah Woodruff. Sarah was shamed and abandoned by a French sea captain but defiantly refused to be cowed. 

More images

 Local architecture

 Beach huts at Lyme

Beaches at Lyme

Marina at Lyme

The Cobb

Swimmer at Lyme

Video clip of Cobb and beaches

Overall, we had a good experience although parking was very tight.




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