Lyme Regis is a well loved and popular spot with many enjoying the coastal views. Hidden ‘around the back’ of Lyme Regis following the River Lim inland, is a beautiful walk away from the hustle and bustle of the seafront. The walk boasts ever changing scenery, and treats you to many unexpected delights on route.
Enjoy a peaceful waterside and wooded valley walk along the River Lim from Lyme Regis to Uplyme and discover history, old mills and wildlife. The path also forms part of both the East Devon Way which leads to Exmouth and the Wessex Ridgeway, which leads as far as Marlborough in Wiltshire. The well signposted short walk is about 1.5 miles and takes you from Dorset into Devon.
The walk starts at Lyme Regis Town Mill a watermill dating from 1340, which has been restored to working order, producing flour. It is powered by water from the River Lim via a leat running along a lynch. From here you follow the path until you end up at the Talbot Arms in Uplyme, passing Uplyme Mill en route.
The path was enhanced in 2019 with the installation of seating and animal homes. Dorset based furniture designer and maker, Alice Blogg created 3 benches themed around the River Lim’s historical watermills which have been installed along the route.
There are three different types of animal homes for bees, bats and birds which have thatched roofs. These have been installed in trees in close proximity to the seating areas.
The wooden seating together with the animal houses offer quiet spaces to relax along the route.
Lyme Regis Museum is an architectural gem over-looking Lyme Bay and the Jurassic Coast, full of the rich historical and cultural history of the town.
Built on the site of Mary Anning’s home, Lyme Regis Museum stands in the heart of the town, just where the beautiful coastlines of Dorset and Devon meet on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The sea views from the museum’s new Mary Anning Wing are stunning, and the extra space has provided all the facilities you’d expect in a modern museum including the purpose-built Fine Foundation Learning Centre – the perfect space for families and schools.
The museum is packed with interesting and thought-provoking displays. The collections are unusually rich for a small museum and they have a lot of good stories to tell.
Lyme’s lively local history is well represented by its spectacular fossil collections, maritime and domestic objects, and illustrated by paintings, prints and photographs. The area is noted for its fossils, displayed in their geological galleries, and the town’s literary connections, from Jane Austen and John Fowles to Tracy Chevalier, which are illustrated in the Writers’ Gallery.
Lyme is a lively, vibrant town with plenty of activities which will appeal to all tastes and ages.
There’s lots of fun to be had fossil hunting, and with luck and patience you may even find some! The best beaches for fossil hunting are Monmouth Beach (particularly for ammonites) and East Cliff Beach between Lyme and Charmouth.
It was on these beaches that pioneering palaeontologist and fossil collector Mary Anning scoured the shore and crumbling cliffs. In 1811, she discovered a 5.2-metre-long skeleton, an ancient species, which was named Ichthyosaurus – meaning ‘fish lizard‘. But remember to think safety first, always check the tide tables before heading out and follow the Fossil Hunting Collecting Code.
Explore the beautiful parks and gardens in the area. The Langmoor and Lister Gardens, located on the slopes over looking the beech offer panoramic views over Lyme Bay, the Cobb, and the cliffs of the Jurassic Coast to the east. Enjoy a picnic amongst pretty planted borders and grass banks, with winding paths down to the beach. There’s mini-golf, table tennis and putting green here too.
Interested in local history? Follow the Town Trail to discover more about the history of the town – including Gun Cliff, The Guildhall, Cobb Gate and St Michael’s Church.
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