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2 things to do for half term week

2 things to do, one for clement weather, the other for inclement. We are bound to have the latter and a possibility of the former at some point in the week.

Bluebell Woods at Blackbury Camp, an old Iron Age fort. Read more

Eype Beach

One of my favourite beaches; little there except a vast expanse of shingle to the East and West. Always room to find a quiet spot even in August. Varied walking options: the cliffs for uninterrupted views to Portland, a level stroll along the beach to West Bay for a pick me up or climb the hill to Higher Eype for the delightful Down House Farm Garden Cafe (post to follow).

  • small cafe  (part of the campsite) 100 m back up the beach road
  • campsite has bookable pitches right on the cliff front
  • parking just above the beach
  • West Bay cafe’s – Sladers Yard and The Watch House or The Riverside for a seafood lunch.

The Spittles, Lyme Regis Back Beach

When you want to avoid the summer crowds The Spittles is the best escape. At low tide hundreds of rock pools are exposed and we have experienced many of moments of delight on discovering a rockpool treasure – crabs, limpets and little fish, the occasional starfish, plus a lot of seaweed. There is also great fossiling along the base of the (rather unstable) Blue Lias and clay cliffs. This is where Mary Anning (Lymes’ most famous resident) found her infamous Ichthyosaurus. Church beach is around the corner ,by the Marine Theatre and is a small refuge, especially in August.

  • Wear a shoe with grips for the rockpooling, barefoot not good.
  • Good spot for a beach barbeque.
  •  You can walk to Charmouth along the beach from here, check tide times and allow 2 hours either side.
  • Take a small fossil hammer as kids love bashing up the loose Blue Lias rock.