We appreciate that a lot of our holiday home owners and holidaymakers travel from afar when staying here at Roadford Lake Lodges. We thought it would be a good idea, every now and then, to mention some interesting places en-route for our guests to visit. Starting with our very first stop, the historic seaside town of Lyme Regis.
Lyme Regis is an ideal place for those travelling down the M5 to visit as a way of breaking up the journey. It’s located along the Jurassic Coast and is well known for its maritime history and superb fossil collection. It’s home to the first fossil to be discovered that is millions of years old, found here in the 1800s by a lady called Mary Anning. The town has something for everyone and is one of our favourite spots along the journey to Roadford Lake Lodges.
Here are our top 3 places to visit at Lyme Regis:
Lyme Regis Museum
Lyme Regis Museum is an architectural gem overlooking the Lyme Bay, built in 1902. Commissioned by Thomas Philpot, a relative of fossil hunter Elizabeth Philpot who had worked with Mary Anning. It is home to several fantastic collections of fossils, maritime objects and illustrated paintings, prints and photographs all run by dedicated volunteers that take care of the displays and collections. Be sure to visit the Geological Galleries which hold a collection of local fossils, as well as the Writers Galleries, showcasing local literary connections including that of the famous Jane Austin. The more recent introduction of the Mary Anning Wing has transformed the museum and allowed it to offer a learning centre that can accommodate schools, exhibitions and events.
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium
A traditional, family run attraction which offers an engaging and interactive insight into the marine life that inhabit local waters. Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium is situated at the end of the iconic harbour wall and is home to an array of marine life, all of which can be found along the Jurassic Coastline. The aquarium is a huge hit with families, offering close interactions with lobsters and crabs, holding a friendly starfish and their main attraction of feeding the shoal of mullet. A truly brilliant place to visit come rain or shine!
Lyme Regis’ harbour wall is called The Cobb and was built as a breakwater to protect the ships and the town. It is the perfect place to take a break from the car and go for a stroll with fish and chips along the walls to unearth its rich historic past. Along the Cobb you will find plenty of seats to admire the views looking out toward the Jurassic Coastline. Look back on all the boats and wave as the fishing and sea tours head out on their excursions. The only way onto the main part of the Cobb is to enter past the RNLI lifeboat station, which is popular with both the younger and older generations. The station and shop are well worth a visit and you can even view the inshore lifeboat, Spirit of Lock Fyne.
Fun fact, the steps connecting the lower part of the Cobb to the upper wall are made from protruding stones which locals call ‘Granny’s Teeth’. It was these steps which feature in Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion, where the character Louis Musgrove falls and suffers a concussion.
We recommend you book attractions in advance, especially when travelling during high season times. We hope you find this guide helpful when planning your journey, and we look forward to welcoming you to Roadford Lake Lodges. Whether it be for a family break, a romantic getaway, or you’re one of our luxury lodge owners returning for a longer stay.
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