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Burton B BeachSo, I have taken up (sporadic) sea swimming. Here are my tips for basic survival and how to reap that magic from the experience.

1. Choose a sandy base to enter and exit the sea. If this option is not available then make sure you have some shoes to get you close to where you want to be. Swimming shoes are never the best way to go (trickier movement) unless you get some of those ‘Man from Atlantis’ webbed toe shoes. Then you are a professional. Read more

Big Waves

The amazing photographer friend J, sent me these shots during yet another day of gusty winds and big white crested waves. J took a picture of someone taking a picture of the sea and getting caught by a wave. Read more

Lyme Regis Gig Club

Sunday was the most beautiful day in a while and Lyme, as always, had its own special ambience a’ happenin’.

Out at sea were the Gig Clubs 3 boats; Rebel, Black Ven and Tempest, all made by local boatbuilder Gail McGarva. Looking splendid. Read more

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.

Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis

In my eyes, the most beautiful beach in Lyme Regis and on a sunny day, one gets a (brief) feeling of being in California. Its never that busy and now the sand has migrated its way from the sandy beach further East, much more consumer friendly. The scattering of chalets and huts that cling to the base of the cliff always bring on property envy. We braved a choppy fishing trip and enjoyed an early evening, freshly caught mackerel barbeque here.

  • Park directly on the beach in the Winter months.
  • Dogs allowed all year.
  • Rent one of the chalets right on the beach, is good.
  • Fires or barbeques allowed all year.