Tour of Lyme Regis Town
About the walk
Distance: (approx an hour)
Difficulty: Fairly easy going walk, relatively steep hills due to the nature of Lyme Regis’s streets.
Where? Around Lyme Regis, starting and ending at the tourist information centre.
Overview: A pleasant walk giving you the opportunity to uncover and see some beautiful buildings and view points in Lyme, from The Marine Theatre, Langmoor gardens and the artisan quarter that is the Town Mill.
Starting at the Tourist information centre in Church street, turn right where you’ll find the Marine Theatre, on your right again is the theatre square with beautiful views across the coast, from the Lyme Regis beach to Charmouth on the left. You’ll also find, further down to your right the Guildhall – a beautiful 16th Century building.
Turning left onto Bridge Street and further left past Cobb gate Carpark and onto Marine Parade (the sea front) a beautiful walk which takes you along the beach, historic houses and buildings and near the famous Cobb and Cobb Harbour.
As you pass the National Trust shop and just before you reach the Amusements arcade, walk up the slope leading you to the beautiful Langmoor Gardens. Follow the path up to the right (Lister Gardens on the left) and be sure to stop and perch on one of the many benches to admire the view – this is a popular spot, especially whilst watching the Red Arrows and picnics in the summer months!
At the top, you’ll be left with a beautiful view over Lyme Regis Beach and behind the Alexandra Hotel and the sadly (burnt down in 2016) Cinema. You’ll then be taken through gates that exit the gardens. Cross the road twice until you’re at the top of Sherbourne Lane – a sloped alleyway that has evidence of dating back to the 8th century!
Continue down and through Mill Green and follow the river along past Woodmead Road until you reach Horn Bridge, where you’ll turn left on Roman Road and onto the first gated exit on the left (this is signposted to Slopes Farm) which leads you up a steep hill. Follow the path and turn right at the exit, back onto WoodMead Road.
Turn left at the top of the road, past the Mariners Hotel and The Nags Head and continue to walk down Silver Street, then taking the next left down Hill Road. Walk all the way to the bottom of this road (Where Lyme Regis has their very own Banksy – an Origami swan on the wall of the river)
Opposite this and on your right is the ‘Lynch’ – a lovely walk along the River Lim and down to the Town Mill, a beautiful artisan quarter with a gallery, restaurant, shops and the restored Mill.
Head up the road opposite the Fish and Chip shop, where you’ll see St Michael’s Church and turn right to bring you back down Church Street and back to the Tourist Information.