Visit to Lyme Regis

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

A couple of weekends ago, Chris and I went on a long weekend trip to Lyme Regis with a couple of our close friends (hi Claire and Tom).  It was our first time going away with another couple and I'd say it was a success!  We had originally planned to go abroad, but uncertainty over job security and money and so on made us decide to settle on visiting somewhere else in the UK, and with our sights on the fossil beaches of Lyme Regis we booked a place to stay through Air BnB.



The place was stayed in was lovely - it was a cute little wooden cabin at the top of a huge hill, right next to a dairy farm.  You could hear cows mooing from the private garden, and there were often horses grazing on the hill just next to our cabin.  It came kitted out with everything (including a log fire that we didn't end up using because, well, summer), and we spent a lot of time hanging out there being all cosy and playing games and drinking drinks.

Lyme Regis is a lovely town with lots of quaint little streets, odd shops and things to do.  My favourite was by far the gelato place we visited a couple of times when we were there, Frank & Beans, although I wasn't that impressed by the hospitality of the seagulls that wasted no time in stealing my first cone.  If you ever want to hear me swear loudly in public in front of elderly people and children, take my friggin' ice cream.  At least I got to try some extra flavours?  If you're ever in Lyme Regis, go there and eat the chocolate sorbet and the peanut butter, caramel and chocolate ones, because that stuff is the best ice cream ever.  Seriously.



The beaches were a nice place to go, although the weather wasn't the best on the second day, and there were lots of little finds there to be unearthed.  It's easy to see why people go there looking for fossils - we found tons of ammonites as well as some quartz, pyrite and probably some other stuff too.  Sadly we didn't uncover any plesiosaurs or ichthyosaurs, but maybe next time.

When we were done with fossil hunting of our own, we checked out one of the museums in the town called Dinosaurland Fossil Museum.  We read a few Tripadvisor reviews before going that seemed to suggest that although it seems a bit odd or naff from the outside and at the start, once you're in it was well worth it and they were right.  It's a very small museum, but there's absolutely tons of different things.  You'd struggle to count the number of fossils and specimens, and the top floor even has cute little handmade dioramas of the different eras of early natural history.  It's run and funded entirely by the owners who are I believe are palaeontologists themselves, so if you're ever in the area and you love looking at dead things and learning about dinosaurs as much as I do, go check it out.


If you're looking for a quiet little get away with plenty of walks and lovely, natural sights to see I'd definitely recommend Lyme Regis and Dorset in general.  I can also now vouch for Air BnB - our first experience booking through it was fantastic!  Who'd have thought you could rent a log cabin in the middle of no where for super cheap?



Hope you enjoyed the photos, may your ice cream never be stolen by winged demons..  Have you been anywhere cool on holiday this summer?

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