Local Area

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis boasts breathtaking scenery and a special mystique, making it a sparkling resort for all seasons. Its historic Cobb and harbour are iconic features, set against moody blue cliffs yielding fossilised evidence of life on earth millions of years ago. An ancient town featured in the Domesday Book, Lyme Regis is home to a number of historical landmarks and educational attractions. The picturesque and tranquil Lyme Regis is a great place to discover a lot you didn’t know about the UK’s heritage. Whatever your age and whatever the time of year, you can be sure to find something to delight and entertain you. Lyme Regis has it all – the perfect family resort, the home of palaeontology, a world-class creative and cultural community, a bustling harbour, gastronomic delights, an array of shops, a calendar full of events, and plenty for the active.

Sidmouth

‘A town caught still in a timeless charm’. That was the Sidmouth that captivated the Poet Laureate, John Betjeman, and it will captivate you, too. Beautiful gardens and leisurely walks, Regency history and fine hotels, clean beaches and friendly shops…. it’s all here in this lovely seaside town that nestles beneath majestic red cliffs and the green hills of the glorious Sid Valley. Look through the Visit Sidmouth website to discover why so many ‘Select Sidmouth’ to relax and unwind through all the seasons of the year. You will discover, too, why so many return.

Golden Cap

Golden Cap is the rather obvious name for a high, flat-topped hill of deep orange sandstone on the cliffs between Charmouth and Bridport. It represents the tail end of a vein of the warm-coloured sandstone that stretches down from the Cotswolds. The Cap is the highest point on the south coast, at 627ft (191m), with views along the shore to the tip of Portland Bill in one direction and to Start Point in the other. Inland, you can see Pilsdon Pen and as far as the heights of Dartmoor.

On the very top of Golden Cap itself is a simple memorial to the Earl of Antrim, chairman of the Trust in the 1960s and 1970s. It was he who spearheaded its 1965 appeal campaign, named ‘Enterprise Neptune’, to purchase sections of unspoiled coastline before the developers moved in and it was all too late. Golden Cap was part of this and over the years the Trust has continued to buy up pockets of land all around, with the aim of preserving the traditional field pattern that exists in the area between Eype and Lyme Regis.

River Cottage HQ

River Cottage has given millions of TV viewers a taste for great cooking since 1998, when Hugh first brought his famous food ethos to Channel 4. Our hard-hitting campaigns have changed the eating habits of a nation and improved the welfare and sustainability of animals and fish. Our River Cottage HQ, found on the Devon and Dorset border, is home to everything we do and is the base for our Cookery and Chefs’ School, unique dining experiences and memorable events. It’s our greatest delight to share our passion for food integrity and consumption of local, seasonal produce with tens of thousands of people every year.

Beer

Beer is a picturesque ancient fishing village with stunning coastal walks. Its fascinating past includes smuggling, lacemaking, and Beer stone. Beer nestles in a narrow valley that opens out into a natural bay sheltered by towering Beer Head. Its name is not derived from the drink, but from the old Anglo Saxon word “bearu” meaning grove which referred to the forest that surrounded the settlement.

Beer’s long fishing heritage is still very much alive today, with a colourful population of fishing boats, fresh fish and Beer crab for sale, and mackerel fishing trips. In the past Beer was equally well known as a smuggling base and the home of notorious Devon smuggler, Jack Rattenbury. It was also famous for fine lace including the lace flounce for Queen Victoria’s wedding dress crafted in Beer by Miss Jane Bidney and her team of 200 workers.

Axminster

In 1755 Thomas Whitty started making carpets the town name of Axminster Carpets is known worldwide – Jaffe et fils makers of Military Plumes – Hugh Fearnley – Whittingstall of “River Cottage” TV fame the business amongst many other individual shops and business with Milton’s Courtyard. The weekly Market Stalls offer a wide selection of produce.The Church of St Mary is the centerpiece of the town. With excellent rail links to London and Exeter makes Axminster Devon a very popular town with Lyme Regis resort with its Jurassic Coastline continuing towards Seaton and the fossil beach of Charmouth Dorset a short drive away.