Lyme Regis in Dorset is the perfect setting for dramatic scenery, great walks, literary glamour and traditional seaside fun – it has something for everyone and is ideal for a short break.
As part of England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site, the beaches around the town are among the best on the ‘Jurassic Coast’ to begin your hunt for fossils.
From the Alexandra Hotel, the surrounding Dorset hills and vales provide many stunning walks, including the famous ‘Undercliff ’ one of the first of Britain’s National Nature Reserves and ‘Golden Cap’ the highest point on the South coast.
Read more about the area in this terrific article on the FT
The famous Cobb Harbour still conjures up images of Meryl Streep in the film version of local author, John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman but the area and the surrounding countryside also inspired Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, Beatrix Potter and Henry Fielding. The Arts still have a strong influence in the town with many festivals and events held throughout the year.
With one of the few gentle shelving beaches in the area, swimming and water sports are always popular. Traditional wooden fishing boats trip in and out of the harbour all summer providing pleasure cruises, mackerel fishing and deep sea fishing.