Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis, Dorset, England, UK by ian woolcock, ShutterstockHouses of every shape and size can be spotted in Lyme Regis © Ian Woolcock, Shutterstock 

An ancient seaside town at the heart of the Jurassic Coast and prime fossil-hunting territory. Lyme is one of the UK's most popular beach resorts. 

Somehow Lyme Regis doesn’t look real: with its rows of houses of every shape and size huddled together along the seafront beneath open fields and woodland, it looks more like a painting in a children’s book, or perhaps a model town. You might half expect to see an oversized adult bending down peering through the windows of the cottages.

Lyme Regis snuggles up against the Dorset/Devon border, on the River Lim. The Jurassic blue-grey cliffs on either side of the town are filled with layers of fossils, making the beaches of Lyme Regis excellent for fossil hunting. The narrow, twisting (and in parts steep) streets lead down through the town to the attractive seafront and the manmade harbour protected by the ancient breakwater known as The Cobb. 

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