Lyme Regis is an attractive small resort, with a lovely little promenade lined with elegant Georgian buildings, and a nice golden beach backed by restaurants and pubs. This stretch of the British coast is commonly known as The Jurassic Coast due to the large incidence of fossils in the rocks. Fossil-hunting is big business in Lyme Regis, with shops selling fossils as souvenirs, and fossil-hunting walks such as those organised by the eminent palaeontologist Dr Colin Dawes, who can often be seen in the town’s watering holes dressed like a real-life Indiana Jones. There is even a fossil festival every year. For other events, see here.
Postscript: With great sadness I have to report that since this post was published Dr. Dawes has died. He died of a heart attack in September 2011 while exploring the Undercliff. My husband and I once got talking to Dr. Dawes in a Lyme Regis pub, and we always fondly remember how he persuaded us to buy a copy of a book he had produced about fossils - he lived just across the road from the pub and rushed over to get us a copy. Still,at least he died doing what he loved.
Webcam view of the town.
Map of the area.
|Photo by Bob&Anne Powell, via Wikimedia Commons|