The Best Beaches to Visit in Lyme Regis this Summer

view of the cobb in lyme regis

There’s really nowhere quite like the beautiful coastal town of Lyme Regis. Often referred to as ‘The Pearl of Dorset’, this historic seaside location is a hive of activity during the summer months, as visitors from all walks of life make the trip to Lyme to experience its unique charm and atmosphere.

As well as the picture-postcard views and attractions in the town itself, Lyme Regis is also home to some of the world’s most wonderful beaches—making it the perfect getaway destination.

So pack your sunscreen, towels, and sense of adventure as we embark on a beach-hopping journey along the Lyme Regis coastline. Here are the best beaches to visit in Lyme this summer:

Lyme Regis fossils

Monmouth Beach

Named after the Duke of Monmouth, who landed here in 1685, and located west of the harbour, Monmouth Beach is a treasure trove for fossil enthusiasts where you can discover ancient ammonites and other prehistoric relics. At the beach's western end, you'll discover the 'ammonite graveyard', a thick substrate of limestone which is known for the abundance of ammonites found there. Take a leisurely stroll along the shoreline and soak up the spectacular views of the Jurassic Coastline.

Cobb Gate Beach

Running alongside Marine Parade, Cobb Gate Beach is a hugely popular location in Lyme that provides everything you could need for a relaxing day on the coast. This famous pebble beach, which is separated from the Sandy area by a large concrete jetty, has a range of amenities nearby, from refreshment kiosks to restaurants and local cafes. Take a swim, hire a paddle board, or simply relax on the shoreline with a good book, the choice is yours. For a truly magical experience, visit during the evening to witness a mesmerising sunset over the horizon.

cobb gate beach

Church Cliff Beach

Tucked away beneath towering cliffs, Church Cliff Beach offers a secluded haven away from the hustle and bustle of the town. Accessed via cliffside steps, this mixed sand and pebble beach rewards visitors with a scene of unspoiled natural beauty. Set up your beach chair, feel the warm pebbles beneath your feet, and let the gentle sound of crashing waves create a soothing soundtrack for your day. Don't miss the nearby St. Michael's Church, perched atop the cliffs, offering a stunning backdrop to this charming beach.

East Cliff Beach

East Cliff Beach, also known as Back Beach, is a captivating destination in Lyme Regis. It stretches eastward towards Charmouth and offers access via the Church Cliff Walk or 114 steps from Charmouth Road car park. The beach is a fossil lover's paradise, with ancient treasures washed out of the cliffs and scattered in the gravel and shingle. The towering cliffs are remnants of a vibrant Jurassic seafloor, with iconic spiral-shaped ammonites dotted along the coastline. Remember to check tide times, and feel free to bring your dog along, as they are welcome off the lead all year round.

the Alexandra decking sea view

Relax at the Alexandra

Lyme Regis is blessed with an array of beautiful beaches, each offering its own unique allure. Whether you're a fossil enthusiast, a seeker of calm and quiet, or a beach lover in search of golden sands, Lyme Regis has something for everyone. 

After a day of beach exploration, why not book a room and indulge in the comforts of the Alexandra? Itself a peaceful haven along the Jurassic Coast, our charming boutique hotel offers plenty of relaxation and quiet coastal charm. Beautifully appointed rooms, a selection of menus which offer a variety of delicious, seasonal dishes, and lots of opportunity to pamper yourself with our range of spa treatments. Make your summer getaway complete with a stay at the Alexandra and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Posted on June 16th 2023

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