Lyme Regis, in the Town
After cooking in the sun the day before we all decided to spend the day in the shade and explore the town!
We were staying in a Lyme Bay Holidays home, not too far away from west part of town. On the map it looked like you could walk the journey to the beach/town but in reality it proved to be a bit further, much hillier and some parts had no path, so mostly we either used the long stay car park on the west - Holmbush (£2 all day) but if it was full we got dropped off down by the Cobb by the menfolk and they then drove the cars back and walked back, this worked in reverse too, weren't we lucky! I did offer to do my fair share I hasten to add!
It's a bit of a trek down and back up the Cobb Road from the car park but you can zigzag through the seafront gardens to either end up down at the beach or near the top of the main shopping street-Broad Street, which is what we did, we then had a lovely stroll down Sherborne Lane to get to the Town Mill area.
The views up here are amazing
There are some lovely cottages down Sherborne Lane
We then followed the river down to the mill
Sew La Di Da, is now upstairs in the main building and sells notions, fabric and a lovely range of modern fitting but retro styled clothes patterns.
We had an informative tour of the mill and even brought home some of the flour milled.
They also sold local preserves and had a small space for vintage wares!
There's also a lovely gallery on site, the brewery and the cheesemonger - both sampled during our stay, both highly recommended!
Just round the corner is the Town Mill Bakery so we stopped for lunch, all handmade fresh bakery items, such as croissants, pizza, and then they had a cold or hot option, the cold being salady and the hot on this day was cowboy beans - both options come served in a bread bowl, which you eat! Food is self-service, ask for drinks, remember what you had and pay as you leave. Something a bit different but it was lovely, if you peer at the picture above you can see the lady making what must be one of the afternoon tea cakes, it was huge, with about three layers, and lashings of cream and strawberries! We'll be going back next year just for that!
Following the lane it leads you back out to the main road from the east through Lyme. There's several nice galleries, a good fossil shop and a good beach shop for supplies-Rainbow.
Up this end is the museum and theatre.
After a walk up Broad Street, stopping at Ruby Rockcake, Alice's Bear Shop, Primary Colours and Seasalt, we headed back along the promenade to the Marine Parade above the beach for fossil polishing, which the eldest really enjoyed.
I more enjoyed the sit down with a cup of tea!