Introducing Lyme Regis
Fantastically fossiliferous Lyme Regis packs a heavyweight historical punch. Rock-hard relics of the past pop out repeatedly from the surrounding cliffs – exposed by the landslides of a retreating shore. Now a pivot point of the Unesco-listed Jurassic Coast, fossil fever is definitely in the air and everyone, from proper palaeontologists to those out for a bit of fun, can engage in a spot of coastal rummaging.
Lyme was also famously the setting for The French Lieutenant's Woman, the film version, starring Meryl Streep, immortalised the iconic Cobb harbour defences in movie history. Add sandy beaches and some delightful places to sleep and eat, and you get a charming base for explorations.
Lyme Regis destination guides
Dorset & Wessex Trails
Enjoy the peaceful tranquility of Dorset coasts and hills