Wednesday, 7 December 2011

A Walk in Lyme Regis

The Dorset seaside town of Lyme Regis was made internationally famous as one of the locations for the movie, the French Lieutenant's Woman, starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. Meryl Streep plays the woman of the title, who likes to walk on the cobb at Lyme Regis where she lives at the start of the film.

The cliffs in this area are full of fossils and it was also the home of Mary Anning who is believed to have found the first fossilised ichthyosaurus in the rocks there.  She was one of a number of avid Victorian fossil hunters in the early 1800s.

Lyme was also our destination on Sunday because it is about half way between my sister's home and my own, and we like to meet there each year to exchange Christmas presents.  We usually have a stroll around and then a pub lunch, before returning home in opposite directions. It's interesting to see how the town council has developed the area above the beach into a maze of pathways between well kept and very pretty gardens.

The residences along the shore are very pretty too, as you can see from the picture above. It was taken about four years ago but that part hasn't changed much. This next picture was taken around the same time and shows the cobb, which is the retaining arm of the harbour. It's the green in the foreground that has been transformed since then.


8 comments:

Juliana RW said...

Beautiful photos. Btw, thanks for stopping by at my travel's blog and leave some words about my Magaluf post :D

John Sealander said...

Lyme Regis is one of my favorite places. A lovely little town. I remember buying a copy of "Daniel Martin" in a little bookstore there that was autographed by John Fowles himself. I think Fowles lived in Lyme Regis until he died.

jakill said...

Thanks Juliana, for your visit and comment. And you're welcome.

jakill said...

Thank you John. I didn't know you had been to the UK. Very different from where you live. Yes, Fowles, author of the French Lieutenant's Woman, the book on which the film was based, lived his later life in Lyme, and was curator of the museum there for a while.

When I am Rich said...

I've only been to Lyme Regis once - many years ago. Very pretty place as I remember, and as shown in your photos. Hope it hasn't changed too much.

Paola said...

What a beautiful day you got, Jean. I didn't realise that was where part of the film was shot, or that Fowles lived there. I loved both the book and the film...

jakill said...

Hello Paola. Nice to see you here. Isn't it great what you can learn just from reading blogs?

Rathnashikamani said...

Very interesting destination!

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