The Jurassic coast is one of the favourite holiday destinations in the UK, and nowhere on it is more popular than Lyme Regis. With its steep hills lined with fossil shops, colourful beach huts, and shallow sandy beach it is easy to see why.
Here are 7 things you probably didn’t know about Lyme Regis.
1) The sand on the beach is raked by a large machine towed behind a tractor early in the mornings in order to remove the debris from the night before, and fill in the large holes dug by enthusiastic parents.
2) You can buy a vast array of flavours of Ice Cream served in different types of cones, but by far the best is Salted Caramel. (This is completely my own opinion, but I did make a point of eating as much Ice Cream as humanly possible in order to come to this conclusion).
3) There is often a life guard stationed on the beach through the day, even during the week before the schools have broken up. It’s a service provided by the RNLI and funded entirely by charitable donations, so please consider dropping some change in one of the many donation boxes in the town.
4) There is a lifeboat station in the harbour, but due to the tides the boat is launched by being carried out into the water on a special trailer, pushed by a custom designed tractor.
5) Lyme Regis has its own Cricket team despite having nowhere flat enough for them to play. They play their home games at Uplyme, the next village which is incidentally too small to have its own team.
6) If you forget your swimming trunks you can buy some on the sea front, but the cheapest to be found this July was a snip at a mere £45! If you want to pay more reasonable prices then either walk into the town itself (there’s a shop at the very bottom of the hill) or drive to Charmouth where you can get a pair for a tenner.
7) Lyme is named after the River Lym, which empties into the sea in the town. The word “Regis” comes from a Royal Charter granted by King Edward I in 1284. As a settlement it has existed at least 1000 years since Saxon times.
8) One of the simplest ways to entertain a child in Lyme Regis is to buy a crab line (available for around £1 in any shop) and take them to the Cobb. We pulled out 40 crabs in half an hour using the nasty bits from bacon that no-one wants to eat (except crabs and my daughter) as bait.