I have never been to either to Lyme Regis or Sidmouth before , but a recent trip to see friends in Devon meant we could visit these two towns at the same time. We first visited Lyme Regis.
The main reason for visiting Lyme Regis was to see where the film ‘The French Lieutenants Woman’ was filmed back in the 90s. It’s a very quaint town with both a sandy and shingle beach that has a nice walking esplanade alongside full of ice cream shops plus cafes. There is a nice harbour and quay (where the film ended ) that makes a lovely setting for the town. The high street is full so nice local shops but do try the Dorset Pasty, it’s very nice.
Car parking is very sensible here. Find the long stay and it’s only £2 per day at the time of writing (Aug 2017). A credit to the town for not being greedy. It’s only a short stroll down to the harbour. The photo above is just down from the long stay car park.
Just a short drive along the coast is the lovely town of Sidmouth. It’s certainly a town of wealth with lovely houses, lots of restaurants and bars, plus a wealth of shops to suit all tastes. On the seafront ‘Esplanade’ there was a small market where local crafts were available to purchase.
The cliffs that surround Sidmouth are Sandstone and make a very dramatic background for the town that’s nestled between them. The beach also is a dark red as you can see from the photos above.
Beach huts sit along the shoreline near Jacobs Ladder which is about a 5 minute walk from the town and the Clifton Walkway. Our friend has rented one of these from Sidmouth Council for the Summer. It’s not cheap but if you use it every weekend then I guess it’s a nice way to spend some time with a Pimms in hand.
So the Jurassic Coast was certainly and eye opener and Lyme Regis and Sidmouth are both lovely seaside towns that we will definitely return to.