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Lyme Regis No 4: The Town and Beach

Lyme, seen from the east sea wall.

The fourth post about our week in the town. (You’ll find the start of the series of five posts here.) Post 2 here, post 3 here.

Overlooking the bay from Lister Gardens.

Tuesday followed a night of heavy rain, so we decided against our planned walk into the surrounding countryside as probably being too muddy to enjoy.

Mini golf in the Lister Gardens.

Instead, we walked into Lyme along the roads until we reached Lister Gardens, a wide-open park with various different features, among them a mini-golf area. We’ve always enjoyed that simple and daft activity, so we handed over our £3 each, collected the clubs and balls, and set off along the course. Ahead of us was a group of teenage boys, one in a wheelchair, so we took our time to avoid harassing them. It was a fun activity and we both had a mix of failures and a ‘hole in one’. Couldn’t recall who ‘won’. Valerie is far better at sport than me and has a better memory, and she says I won by 1, which is a surprise!

The park area is dotted with pieces of modern sculpture. This one is called ‘Juggler’ by Clare Trenchard.
The park runs the length of the west portion of the bay. In the background is the portion of the Jurassic Coast that houses Golden Cap.

We then walked across the sands to examine a set of three cannons sited on an isolated part of the sea wall.

A gull kindly posed as I took this one.

From there across the famous Cobb to Monmouth Beach and along to the stony stretch of shore that sits along the crumbling Undercliff.

The small harbour protected by the Cobb is home for a number of boats of various sizes.
Monmouth Beach is home to more boats and some works for repair and maintenance of the vessels.

Here, we looked at various rocks in the hope we might spot a fossil, since this is the area famous for such finds.

A large rock worn smooth by the waves, dotted with the remains of ammonite fossils.

We did come across a few large rocks with numerous fossil ammonites embedded and worn by the waves, but didn’t discover anything we could take home with us.

The layers of shale can be readily spotted in the crumbling cliffs.

Other rocks display odd features that are, probably, the result of other types of fossil.

There were other hunters around, armed with their proper hammers and chisels, attacking likely looking rocks to expose their hidden contents.

Equipped fossil hunters attack rocks beneath the Undercliff.

We returned along the beach in front of the beach huts and found a place selling coffee and cakes.

The fossil hunting area is not far from the harbour and the Cobb.
A place for a welcome break, the shop sells fossils and other ancient artifacts.

We had our drinks and scones with clotted cream and jam; very tasty!

On the way back to the Lister Gardens, we came across this sculpture: The Reader, by Victoria Westaway.

We then walked back through the park area and along the roads to check out Antonio’s Trattoria, where we hoped to eat that evening.

The beach and harbour from Lister Gardens.

It wasn’t open, but we found out enough to decide on a visit for dinner. Back to the holiday cottage for showers and a relax.

Antonio’s Trattoria, where we had a couple of very pleasant evening meals.

Early evening, the riverside path again took us to Church Street and the Italian restaurant. The young lady who greeted us asked if we’d booked. We hadn’t. Antonio himself approached and offered us a table for two. The food here was very good and the Prosecco reasonably priced and good quality. The deserts were delicious, too! And we completed our meal with liquor coffees. The atmosphere was the friendly, quiet, welcoming type we most enjoy, so we booked there and then for our final night, Thursday.

Late evening and quiet water in the bay.
Seabirds gather on the dusky shore.
A peaceful moonlit evening followed our meal.

The walk back along the riverside path was now a familiar route and took us away from traffic.

The final post in this series will follow shortly.

11 Responses to “Lyme Regis No 4: The Town and Beach”

  1. Darlene

    Yes, and Jane Austen´s Persuasion has some great scenes from Lyme Regis which is the first time I had been aware of it. When I later visited, I envisioned those scenes. Books can take us to so many amazing places.

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    • stuartaken

      In the museum, and the couple of shops, Bojana, there are some quite astounding finds. Fascinating records of the Earth’s long evolution of life!

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  2. Darlene

    Looks like a perfect place for a nice getaway. I recently read Tracy Chevalier´s Remarkable Creatures, would this be the setting?

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    • stuartaken

      I haven’t read Tracy Chevalier’s book, Darlene. But The French Lieutenant’s Woman, by John Fowles, and Emma, by Jane Austen both have scenes set in Lyme Regis and on the Cobb.

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      • Darlene

        Yes, and Jane Austen´s Persuasion has some great scenes from Lyme Regis which is the first time I had been aware of it. When I later visited, I envisioned those scenes. Books can take us to so many amazing places.

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