It’s not hard to see why the picturesque, west Dorset, harbour town of Lyme Regis was Jane Austen’s favourite. Spilling down a steep hillside to the sea, and bisected by winding streams, it’s a jumble of tiny fishermen’s cottages, thatched houses and vast Victorian villas. Popular with fossil-hunters scouring the sandstone cliffs, couples browsing art galleries and families playing on the sandy beach, it's a top place to visit with almost universal appeal. Thankfully, there are plenty of campsites in and around Lyme Regis too. As Jane Austen herself said, it would be “a very strange stranger…who does not see charms in the immediate environs of Lyme”.
Whether it’s sandy beaches, fossil-rich cliffs, charming towns or picturesque countryside that’s tempting you to holiday in Dorset, Lyme Regis makes for a great base. In the far west of the county, on the border with Devon, this lively little town has been attracting holidaymakers for more than 200 years, as immortalised by Jane Austen who set part of her novel, Persuasion, here. It’s got a historic town and harbour wall along with all the modern amenities, eateries and boutiques you could wish for and, of course, those fantastic beaches. Lyme Regis falls within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty too – a largely rural and unspoilt area of countryside that covers 40% of the whole county. Camping and glamping in Lyme Regis really gives you access to both coast and country. The Hipcamp experts have sought out the best spots to pitch a tent, park up a camper and go glamping in and around Lyme Regis. From basic sites where you can pitch up your tent and enjoy a taste of life in the country, to bell tents, shepherd’s huts and vintage vans, our hand-picked collection of campsites in Lyme Regis should offer something to suit every type of camper.
Walking along The Cobb, building sandcastles, swimming in the sea and going on a fossil hunt… it’s all about the coast in Lyme Regis. Part of Dorset and Devon’s 95-mile Jurassic Coast, Lyme Regis, is one of the best places in the UK for finding fossils. And if your fossil-hunting skills are not quite up to scratch, you might like to visit the Lyme Regis Museum, the Dinosaurland Fossil Museum or even pop along to neighbouring Charmouth and its heritage centre where you can check out their collections and, perhaps, join a fossil walk with the experts. If you’re into more serious walking, a base in or near Lyme Regis, gives you the chance to step straight out on to the South West Coast Path, the national trail that offers 630 miles of coastal walks around the whole of the south west. Golden Cap, the highest point on the Dorset coast, is a good place to set out from – just a few miles to the east, or you can head west and walk through the undercliff nature reserve to Axmouth in Devon. Foodies won’t want to miss the chance to try seafood in Lyme Regis and more local produce a little further inland at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage. The quaint market town of Bridport is worth a visit – especially for fans of TV’s Broadchurch which was filmed there. For more information on places to visit in and around Lyme Regis check out the Visit Dorset website.
Walk the cobb, browse the art galleries, build sand castles on the beach and explore the rest of Jane Austen’s favourite Dorset town, Lyme Regis, on a camping holiday, with this hand-picked collection of incredible campsites chosen by the experts at Hipcamp.