thousands of years the Lyme cliffs crumbled and fell, revealing
great numbers of fossils; Fish fossils; Marine Reptiles; Crinoids
and particularly Ammonites dating back c200 million years (Jurassic).
It was not until the early 19th century that real scientific interest
and understanding was first sparked off by Mary Anning who was
born in Lyme in 1799. She extracted the first complete ichthyosaur,
plesiosaur and the finest flying reptile among many other significant
finds. Lyme Museum is the place to find out more.
It would be hard to find a better centre for walking than Lyme
Regis. To the west are the famous Undercliffs - a stretch of dense
jungle and woods caused by major landslides in the past. Further
west, the coastal path passes through the small beach resort of
Seaton and on to the beautiful seaside village of Beer.
To the east of Lyme the scenery is totally different - fossil
territory - you can go through National Trust land beside the
sea over Golden Cap - the highest point on the south coast of
England - to the small harbour and beach town of West Bay.
Behind Lyme Regis lie rolling hills, ancient woodland, iron-age
hill forts and crystal streams, with magnificent views over Marshwood
Vale to the sea.
has always had a fine selection of restaurants, pubs and cafes
but now world class cooking can be found here. In Mark Hix's Oyster
and Fish House in Langmoor Gardens you can dine in style with
stunning views over the sea to the Jurassic cliffs. There are
also many other quality fish and seafood restaurants using the
local catch from the boats in the Cobb harbour. Whether you are
looking for an Indian or Thai meal, Spanish tapas, pizza, pub
lunches or fish and chips on the seafront you will be spoilt for
choice. Don't miss out on the fresh bread and pastries at the
Town Mill Bakery where informal breakfasts and meals are great
fun. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Canteen in Axminster
is also well worth a visit.
Good restaurants close by
Oyster and Fish House