Each month we will introduce you to a new place in Dorset – especially useful if you are moving or are thinking of moving to a particular area and would like to find out more. This month we have the lowdown for anyone who might be thinking of moving to Lyme Regis – a historic seaside town, situated on England’s famous Jurassic Coast World Heritage site.

Lyme Regis is a coastal town, situated 25 miles West of the county town of Dorchester. With golden sands, crystal clear seas and a wealth of interesting attractions including the famous stone ‘Cobb’ – an ancient artificial harbour wall which hosts a small marine aquarium.

The Cobb has also featured prominently in both literature and film – including the  Jane Austen novel Persuasion, and John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman. When the latter was made into a film – staring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons – many scenes were shot in Lyme Regis.

Aside from the beach the town is famous for it’s fossils and in particular it’s most famous former inhabitant, Mary Anning (1799 – 1847). Anning was  a prolific and pioneering fossil collector who became famous around the world for the important finds she made on the beaches and surrounding cliffs. Her fossils challenged scientific thinking, prompting many changes in our understanding of prehistoric life and the history of the Earth. Some of her discoveries can be seen in Lyme Regis museum – whilst other reside in museum collections around the world. Lyme Regis is still a popular destination for fossil hunters as the coastal cliffs continue to erode, exposing fresh prehistoric treasures with each rock fall.

Thinking of moving to Lyme Regis?

According to Rightmove, the majority of sales in Lyme Regis during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £476,438. Flats sold for an average of £218,395, with semi-detached properties fetching £255,598.

An overall average property price of £344,490 means that Lyme Regis was more expensive than neighbouring towns Charmouth (£293,458), Bridport (£263,744) and West Bay (£298,787).

Overall, sold property prices in Lyme Regis were up by 6% last year, compared to 2015 – similar to their 2011 level of £346,145.

And if you’re thinking of renting, prices start at around £750 for a three bedroom house and £500 for a one bedroom flat, depending on their location within the town: www.rightmove.co.uk/property-to-rent/Lyme-Regis.html

Although Lyme boasts all the features of a traditional seaside town it has a lot to offer all year round, with a thriving sailing club, sea fishing and lots of world class pubs and restaurants. Check out the links below to find out more.

Useful links:

Visit Lyme Regis: www.lymeregis.org
Lyme Regis on Visit Dorset: www.visit-dorset.com/explore/towns/lyme-regis
Top ten things to do in Lyme Regis in 2017: www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g315962-Activities-Lyme_Regis_Dorset_England.html

Picture credit: Library Cottage, Lyme Regis by By DeFacto (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons