Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lyme Regis

We probably would never have visited Lyme Regis if we hadn't been invited to a wedding nearby. Our accommodation at The Lodge, in the main street of the township gave us great access to all the delights of this historic English seaside town - all the more exciting because it was packed with visitors all out to enjoy a WARM, SUNNY Bank Holiday long weekend in England - and the Lyme Bay Fossil Festival.

The Lyme Bay "beach" was comprised of large stones, many of which, when cracked open, contain fossils from Jurassic times (much to the delight of Ollie and Angus).  A small sandy beach has been created for visitors by importing a big load of sand from somewhere in France, apparently.

Pete had to try the water, which was extremely cold, as expected.

Lyme Bay harbour seems to support small scale fishing and pleasure boats now - not like the old days when it was quite a thriving little port - so close to the coast of France.

We did the walk on the historic Lyme Bay Cobb, paying our dues to Jane Austin and John Fowles, both English writers who've lived in the area and incorporated the Cobb in their novels (Persuasion and The French Lieutenant's Woman).

We all agree it is a very pretty town, full of history and character.  We fall in love with the Royal Lion Pub and eat there a couple of times and the boys adore the Cornish pasties available from every bakery.  Fresh crab is on all the menus, and is absolutely delicious. 

However we are struck by how inactive the crowds filling the beaches and esplanade are and how the town seems to lack a certain beach energy that we are used to in Australia.  Where are all the people swimming, surfing, fishing, walking, throwing balls, playing cricket, rock pool exploring, cycling?  The crowds just don't look like they're used to being outdoors - no wonder with the lack of good weather over the past year or so in England....and Lyme Regis is favoured by retirees, so that could be another factor. 

We find our Lodge is such a nice space to spend some down time, especially as we try to recover from the late nights and all the wedding excitement.

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