Beaches – Lyme Regis

Here at the centre of the Jurassic Coast are some of the pearls in Dorset’s crown. Lyme Regis Town Beach is an iconic landmark with pristine sand framed by the famous cobb.

Town Beach Lyme RegisCobb Beach, Lyme Regis

The recently completed Coastal protection scheme has seen vast improvements to Town Beach. Thousands of tonnes of pebbles have made the beach level with Cart Road, protecting Marine Parade and its buildings, while sand imported from France means the beach no longer gets completely covered at high tide. The end result is an extensive beach area for all to enjoy.

Facilities include kiosks, cafes, restaurants and public houses while RNLI Beach Lifeguards patrol during the summer months from 10am to 6pm. In addition to emergency rescues, the RNLI also provide advice, first aid and contact with the Coastguard. However, remember it is important to always swim between the red and yellow flags!
No dogs on the area of beach from Cobb Gate Car Park west to the Lifeboat slipway between 1st April to 31st October. Dogs allowed on leads for rest of the year.

Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis

This beach is so named because the Duke of Monmouth landed here in 1685 in an attempt to wrest the crown from King James II. In the aftermath of Monmouth’s defeat, twelve locals were hanged on this beach on the order of the notorious “Hanging Judge” Jeffreys. A very long and sandy beach, Monmouth extends over a kilometre southwest from the Cobb wall and is very popular with fossil hunters (always be wary of unstable cliffs). Bordering this beach are holiday chalets, beach huts, a bowling green and council run car parks.
Dogs Unrestricted All Year.

Church Beach, Lyme Regis

Located in front of the rock armour that protects the promenade, this beach is covered at high tide. At low tide there is an extensive rock ledge with hundreds of rock pools where you can catch shrimps. Sandy in places.
No dogs on the area of beach from Cobb Gate Car Park west to the Lifeboat slipway between 1st April to 31st October. On Leads for rest of the year.

East Cliff Beach, Lyme Regis

Extending northwest of the town of Lyme Regis towards Charmouth, the beach can be accessed from the north end of the new promenade. Be sure to check the tides before you set out as the beach can be cut off at high tide. Also be aware that the cliffs surrounding the beach are very unstable, with extensive mudflows in places, and should be admired from a distance. When part of The Coast Path slid down the slopes in the previous decade, the right of way between Lyme and Charmouth went with it, and the land at the cliff edge now belongs to the golf club.
Dogs Unrestricted All Year.

15123665671_b58bc02589_zCharmouth Beach, Charmouth

A beautiful area of the Dorset coast with spectacular seascapes. Popular with fossil hunters, families and day trippers.
East Beach – No Dogs between 10:00am and 6:00pm during July and August – Unrestricted at all other times.
West Beach – Dogs Not Permitted 1st May to 30th September.
Unrestricted at all other times.

Rousdon Beach, Rousdon Estate

Guests staying at Gardner’s Cottage or Springers have access to this private piece of paradise.  The beach is approximately 500 yards long and offers some good snorkelling at either end when the water is clear. You, and the other residents on the estate, will have the whole place to yourselves!
Dogs Unrestricted All Year.

St Gabriel’s Mouth, Charmouth

This remote stretch of sand is deep in Jurassic Coast fossil country. St Gabriel’s Mouth can be found below beneath Golden Cap, the highest cliff on the south coast of England.  The beach is accessed via steep wooden steps and takes around half an hour to walk to from the car park at Golden Cap. As with much of this part of the coast, there is the potential of cliff slides and falling rocks so be aware of this when you throw your towel down. The name of the beach comes from the ruins of St Gabriel’s church nearby.
Dogs Unrestricted All Year.

Seatown Beach, Nr Chideock

Seatown, approximately half a mile from the village of Chideock, is a coastal hamlet with a privately-owned, shelving shingle beach. Fortunately, it is open to the public and is popular with fossil collectors, fishermen and families. The Anchor pub which is directly on the beach is immensely popular due to its breath-taking views. Paid parking is available.
No dogs at anytime.


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