For a holiday that includes idyllic beaches in calm bays, old thatched cottages and scenery that will take you breath away, consider placing Lyme Bay right at the top of your list. With good weather for most of the year, there’s plenty to see and do although it can get a little busy around school breaks.
Historically, the sea and port town of Lyme Regis have been closely connected. For more than 500 years The Cobb Wall has protected the port as traders and fishermen have gone about their business; smugglers and the odd shipwreck have also contributed to the colourful history of this area.
The Philpot museum holds many relics of the area’s past, including artwork and photographs. The entire area is an archaeologist’s dream and is referred to as The Jurassic Coast and the museum has an extensive fossil collection and gallery of exhibits from many different historical eras.
The area also has some impressive literary figures to call its own, including John Fowles and Jane Austen whose works are prominently displayed. The museum has special exhibitions which are changed frequently as well as tours and talks on different areas of interest. Admission is £3 for adults and there is no charge for students or children.
One attraction well worth a visit is Otterton Mill which can be found along the River Otter, between Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton. There are many different activities at the Mill to enjoy and its popular bread making course is an attraction on its own.
The Mill also serves as a venue for concerts which are held on a regular basis. With its thousand-year old watermill (which actually works) and its bakery, restaurant and studios for artists, the Otterton Mill is an iconic attraction in Lyme and not to be missed.