Lyme Regis Day Trip
Lyme Regis boasts breathtaking scenery and a special mystique, making it a sparkling resort for all seasons.
Its historic Cobb and harbour are iconic features, set against moody blue cliffs yielding fossilised evidence of life on earth millions of years ago. The harbour for Lyme Regis is called the Cobb. No satisfactory explanation of the name exists but a man made construction has served as a refuge here since at least 1313.
Lyme Regis is famous for its geology, fossils and its unparalleled role in the birth of the earth sciences. The local blue lias clay found to the east and west contains the remarkable fossil remains of sea creatures from the Jurassic seas of 180 million years ago. The spiral shaped ammonite (a long extinct member of the mollusc family a bit like a nautilus) is more common, and with patience and a bit of luck you'll be able to find your own fossil in the rock pools or among the shingle. You can also find fool’s gold (iron pyrites), ammonites and bullet-shaped belemnites or trace ammonites in the large boulders - those on Monmouth Beach to the west of Lyme and seen at low tides are particularly impressive, with some being one metre across.
Whatever your age and whatever the time of year, you can be sure to find something to delight and entertain you. Lyme Regis has it all - the home of palaeontology, a world-class creative and cultural community, a bustling harbour, gastronomic delights, an array of shops, a calendar full of events, and plenty for the active.