East Devon Way country walk to Lyme Regis

From the house there is a riverside walk  along the river Lym to Lyme, which takes about half an hour. This walk is part of the East Devon Way from Lyme to Seaton. It passes the old mill and winds its way along the river, where you can spot many wild birds and flowers, and joins the town through the old back streets ending right down by the beach.

South West Coast path

Deer in The Glen just a short walk from the house.
Photo by Jenni Thomson

On reaching the beach at Lyme you can join the South West Coast Path and walk either east to Charmouth or west to Seaton. The town of Lyme Regis is well known for its historic Cobb and harbour and is on the Jurassic Coast, a world UNESCO heritage site.

Activities in Lyme Regis

Lyme is a popular sailing haven, and there is always plenty of activity to join or watch, in the harbour or on the beach. It is also a safe beach for bathing and in the high season there are lifeguards on duty. Lyme Regis has a Sailing Club, Power Boat club, Gig club, and Bowling green. Keep an eye out on the Lyme Regis Tourist Board website for forthcoming events.  Most popular are the Regatta/Carnival week and Lifeboat week in late July and August, but other attractions at different times of the year involve Jazz, fossils, art and musical events. August 2013 saw the first Lyme Folk Weekend which is now a very popular annual event. See their  website for details. There is the spectacular Lyme Regis Golf Club, on the cliff top overlooking the bay, for golf enthusiasts.

Village attractions

Uplyme has many attractions throughout the year including the annual Horticultural Show in July, village and church fetes, jumble sales, dances and other entertainment at the village hall.  There is a tennis court which can be hired by the hour and cricket and croquet played on the village green. The Talbot Arms, the popular village pub which has been recently refurbished to a very high standard, is a few minutes walk away and is great for lunch and evening meals or a drink in the garden on a sunny summer evening. You will find a varied selection of quality real ales and good hearty pub food.

River Cottage Cookery School

Also, locally you can book in for a  cookery course at River Cottage Park Farm HQ (5 minutes drive) run by well-known chef Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall. You can book for a day course or longer, learning about fish, meat, bread and much more. Check out their website for more information.

Eating out

There are many good restaurants, cafes and pubs in Lyme offering a wide range of food and drink including the Hix Oyster House overlooking the bay. River Cottage HQ have fantastic dining nights,  and the Canteen at Axminster serves lunches and dinners too.  Don’t forget to sample a Devon clotted cream tea during your visit. There’s nothing quite like it for a touch of simple luxury!