Lyme Regis - Town Beach and The Cobb


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Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis - The Cobb Harbour

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The Pebble Beach At Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis Town Beach - "Live" Stone Balancing display

The sandy town Beach at Lyme Regis

The sandy harbour section of the Town Beach

Monmouth Beach -  Lyme Regis

Monmouth Beach from The Cobb

Lyme Regis Boat trips from The Cob

Boat trips from The Cobb - The Panoramic view from the end of the Cobb, highlight the Jurassic coast from Charmouth past Stonebarrow and Golden Cap.

Lyme Regis The Cobb

The Cobb - Lyme Regis

The Waterfront

Lyme Regis Harbour

The Cobb At Lyme Regis

The Cobb harbour with views along the coast

LYME REGIS
Jurassic Coast

Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast is a timeless holiday resort that appeals to all ages - great family beaches, fossil hunting, stunning coast scenery and a picturesque harbour.

Lyme Regis is a "quaint" little harbour on the Dorset-Devon border famous for "The Cobb", a delightful 13th century working harbour.

The Panoramic views from the end of the Cobb, highlight the beauty of the Jurassic Coast from Charmouth past Stonebarrow and Golden Cap to West Bay and beyond to Chesil Beach.

Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast are major holiday attractions and with its breathtaking scenery and stunning coastline, it is clear to see why Lyme Regis has become known as "the pearl of Dorset".

With its wealth of family activities and attractions, from fishing to walking, pubs, restaurants and local family attractions - Lyme Regis on the Jurassic coast is the perfect westcountry holiday destination.

BEACHES

There are three main beach areas - the main Town beach, stretches along the length of the Promenade, from Cobb Gate at its easterly end to the Harbour.

The Town beach has two distinct profiles. Along most of its length, the beach is a series of Pebble platforms -established on top of the original pebble beach, to protect the Promenade and Marine Parade from the winter storms. At the westerly end, as you approach the harbour, the beach changes dramatically, levelling out to a typical shelving beach, that has been enhanced with sand imported from France. This section of the beach is sheltered by the harbour and does not get covered at high tide - providing a substantial beach area suitable for families with children. There are kiosks, takeaways, cafes, restaurants and public houses bordering this section of the beach.

Monmouth Beach is located to the west of the harbour, extending a kilometre southwest of the Cobb wall. Monmouth Beach is a very long sand and pebble beach with rocky outcrops becoming more prominent as you move west along the coast. This area of the Jurassic coast is very popular with fossil hunters, but caution is needed due to the unstable cliffs that edge the beach. Monmoth beach is famous for its large ammonite fossils.

The upper areas of Monmouth Beach - adjacent to the harbour, are used as boat storage. In 1685, the Duke of Monmouth landed at this beach to claim the throne from his uncle - King James II. Monmouth's did gather a significant number of supporters from the local population. Following the collapse of the uprising, twelve locals were hanged on the beach - by the notorious "Hanging Judge" Jeffreys.

 

ATTRACTIONS

Lyme-Regis Aquarium on The Cob

The Marine Aquarium - The Harbour - Lyme Regis

You can investigate the local sea life at the Marine Aquarium. The award winning Philpot Museum charts the towns history while the Town Mill, with its fully restored watermill, exhibitions, art gallery, craft workshops, cafe-restaurant and walled garden, makes a charming place to stop.

Philpot MuseumThe Philpot Museum stands in the heart of the town, just where the beautiful coastlines of Dorset and Devon meet. The building has an idiosyncratic charm. Built in 1900-01 by Thomas Philpot it was badly dilapidated by 1991, and a major scheme of reconstruction and extension was required, with new displays throughout. From the beginning, the Museum has been run entirely by volunteers, a tradition we still cherish today. We are now a fully independent Museum, registered with the Museums and Galleries Commission.

Dinosaurland is a fossil museum displaying local Jurassic marine fossils where you can find out about guided fossil hunting walks and join an expert to hunt for fossils. If you dont manage to find a fossil, you can always buy one from the fossil shop later!

HISTORY

The history of Lyme Regis stretches back as far as the 8th century, when monks distilled salt water from the sea. The town's fortunes were changed by the development of what is today, one of Lyme Regis' most popular attractions -the historic "Cobb" harbour wall.

The Cobb, was of great economic importance during the 13th century when it not only created a breakwater to protect the town from storms but also created a large artificial harbour.

Following the construction of the "Cobb", Lyme Regis developed into one of the major British ports, although small by modern standards, and in 1588 it sent two ships to battle against the Armada. The Cobb has been a haven for shipping from the time it was built and is famous for being the landing place of the Duke of Monmouth prior to the Pitchfork Rebellion at Sedgemoor in 1685. This harbour allowed Lyme Regis to develop into one of Britain's major ports and ship-building centres between the 13th and 19th centuries. It was made more famous by the filming of A French Lieutenants Woman from the book by resident local author John Fowles.

Lyme Regis was also the seaside residence of Jane Austen.

The Harbour & Town Beach At Lyme Regis

Families, enjoying the sands at Town Beach - adjacent to the Harbour

 

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Blue Lias Cliffs

Jurassic - fossil bearing Blue Lias Cliffs

Mary Annings Window - St Michael's Church

Mary Annings Window - St Michael's Church


A "new" Ichthyosaur species found along the Jurasic Coast in 1995 below Golden Cap.

Monmouth Beach, is known for Giant ammonites -

Lyme Regis Fossils.This section of the Jurassic Coast is well known for for their diverse fossil catalogue - including fish from the tropical sea that existed here in the early Jurassic period.

JURASSIC COAST & FOSSIL HUNTING

The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site that stretches from Orcombe Point at Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks at Swanage in East Dorset. Lyme Regis and Charmouth are perfectly placed at the heart of this stretch of coastline - the ideal holiday destination for a seaside adventure in fossil hunting country!

The local cliffs that make up the Coast are constantly crumbling - falling into the sea, revealing fossils from 180 million years ago when the Jurassic Coast was being formed as part of a tropical sea bed.

In many of the towns shops you'll find relics of the past, ancient fossilised creatures that have been recovered from the beaches. Some of the earliest dinosaur and pre-historic reptile findings were discovered in this area by Mary Anning (1799-1847).

Mary Anning was buried in the local parish church of St Michael's - where a stained glass window has been constructed in her memory.

Due to regular landslips along the Coast, fresh fossils are discovered all the time making Lyme Regis and nearby Charmouth, popular with amateur fossil finders and palaeontologists alike.

Caution should be exercised when walking along the foot of the cliffs. This deposition of "new" material from the eroding cliff face, continually supplies new Jurassic age fossils to the foreshore, cliff edge and beach. The local Blue Lias rock strata is host to a multitude of palaeontological remains.

Many of the earliest discoveries of dinosaur and other prehistoric reptile remains were made along the jurassic coast, notable finds were Ichthyosaur, Plesiosaur, Dimorphodon, Scelidosaurus, one of the first armoured dinosaurs, and Dapedium.

Just along the Jurassic coast is the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre at Charmouth. Here you can find out how to hunt for your own fossils by joining one of the regular guided fossil hunts.

 

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