Lyme Regis

Description of Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis lies on the coast at Dorset’s extreme western border with neighbouring Devon. It is a very attractive town on the Jurassic Coast path, combining its famous Cobb with narrow lanes dotted with local crafts, bistros and museums. It is also well known as the setting for John Fowles’ book and the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman, and is closely associated with Jane Austen.

The story of Lyme Regis is steeped in the history of Dorset. Footscape trail guides provide detailed information on the history of the local area, but for an overview of the county’s history please click here  History of Dorset

Lyme Regis is also  the fossil capital of England, with its shores yielding numerous relics from prehistoric times. Tours are available on request. For more information please go to the page Fossils in Dorset

Our Lyme Regis holiday is an ideal choice for parents seeking an activity family break, as there are many things of interest in the town and on our coastal trails for children. Lyme Regis is an ideal location for a short 2-3 night stay, but if you would also like to spend some additional time fossil-hunting, sea fishing or relaxing on a beach for a day, then it would be best to opt for a longer holiday. Lyme Regis is a 10 minute taxi ride or 15 minute bus trip from Axminster, which is 2 hours 45 minutes by direct train from London.

Jurassic Coast Path

We have designed a range of stunning and diverse trails for our Lyme Regis self-guided hiking tour or short weekend break, ranging in difficulty from easy/moderate to moderate/strenuous and from 2 to 12 miles (14.5 to 19.5 kms) in length, although all of the longer trails may be shortened, if required. Although the coastal erosion which has made this area so special for fossil hunting has resulted in the diversion of the Jurassic Coast path either side of Lyme, the town remains an excellent centre for a walking-based holiday.

It is possible to walk westwards through the Undercliff National Nature Reserve as a there and back walk as far as the closed section at Culverhole Point. To the east from Lyme Regis the scenery is totally different, as after a short diversion to Charmouth our trail heads through stunning National Trust land beside the sea over Golden Cap – the highest point on the south coast – to the small harbour and beach town of West Bay and beyond. Shorter town-based walks reveal some of the long history associated with Lyme Regis. Inland our other two trails cross rolling hills, iron-age hill forts and woodland, rich in flora and fauna, with magnificent views over the sea.

Accommodation & Services

Lyme Regis is a very popular place; so please try to book as early as possible. We will provide you with accommodation in the town, and will give you our detailed  Jurassic coast path Trail Guide, as well as the relevant ordnance survey map (with the trail highlighted), along with recommended places to eat  (please see Food and Drink in Dorset for a guide to where to eat along the Jurassic Coast)  and  other information that you will need to make the most of your holiday.


  Double / Twin Single
7+ nights.. from £85 from £120
4 to 6 nights from £90 from £125
2 to 3 nights from £95 from £130
Prices are per person per night and in £ Sterling

A2 – A comfortable B&B or simple village inn

A1 – A good hotel, inn or equivalent

A+ – A luxury hotel

Occasionally we may propose accommodation with a standard and price between A1 & A2.

10% discount for groups of 3 or more. For very large groups (10+), please contact us.

We can sometimes offer family rooms with special prices for children.

Please give us details on the enquiry form

Trail Highlights

  • Lyme Regis town with its excellent museum, famous Cobb and fossil beaches
  • Undercliff National Nature Reserve
  • The Seaton Tramway
  • Golden Cap
  • The Cannington Viaduct
  • The iron age hill forts of Lambert’s Castle and Coney’s Castle
  • Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre and fossil beach.
  • The Jurassic Coast Path

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