Lyme Regis and the ‘Jurassic Coast’ of Lyme Bay in Dorset boasts one of the most beautiful coastlines in England and was awarded National Heritage status in 2001 - the first natural site in England to win this accolade.
Lyme Bay is an area of outstanding natural beauty and of particular note is the Undercliff - a 5 mile stretch of coastline between Lyme Regis and Axmouth. The Undercliff arose as a result of landslips and has a rare and unusual natural habitat.
Lyme Regis is particularly famous for it’s fossils and literary connections. It was the home Mary Anning - the first woman recognised for her knowledge and expertise in what was at first the male dominated world of Palaeontology. Lyme Regis was also the home of eminent authors Jane Austen, whose Persuasion was largely set here, and John Fowles, who lived in Lyme and used it as a setting for his novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman.
The coastline of Lyme Bay endures a constant challenge from erosion and landslips. This provides a constantly evolving landscape which is an amazing and rewarding environment to explore. This aspect and the forever shifting light, gives the area an atmosphere of it’s own.
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