One of Lyme Regis’ most well known features is the Cobb sea wall. It protects the harbour from winter storms whilst doubling as a dramatic location for visiting photographers and Hollywood actors like Meryl Streep in ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’. However, Lyme has another, less famous sea wall that we think is well worth taking a stroll along.
The East Cliff sea wall
One crisp spring morning we were having trouble finding a parking space in the town centre and ended up in the car park in Charmouth Road on the far East side of Lyme. Not our favourite parking option because of the walk into town down a busy narrow main road. However, this time we spotted a footpath at the back of the car park that we hadn’t noticed before. The path took us right down to the new sea wall and from there we had a traffic-free walk into the heart of Lyme Regis.
But it was much more than just a convenient walk – the tide was high and waves were crashing against the wall below us, sending up occasional mists of salty spray. We had to pause several times to take in the views of the blue grey cliffs of the Jurassic coastline stretching to the East from Charmouth all the way to Portland Bill.
The promenade along Lyme Regis’ other sea wall is not only a pleasant route into the town but also a great way to experience this part of the English coastline. Not surprisingly, the Charmouth Road car park is now our first choice whenever we drive to Lyme.
How to get there:
- Sidmouth to Lyme Regis: 16 miles, approx 30 minutes by car along the A3052.
- Sat nav postcode for the Charmouth Road car park: DT7 3DW.
- Be prepared for lots of steps on the path that links the car park to the sea wall!
- If you’re walking from the town centre: follow the walkways closest to the sea and walk East as far as you can (with the sea on your right).
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