Sunday, June 29, 2008

Beautiful Lyme Regis

We had a wonderful holiday in Lyme Regis.  I am so sorry that it went so quickly, but one week is always a bit rushed.  We've been back just about a week now and I have been on call all week at work, so life has been a bit hectic.

It was quite a long journey down; I was surprised because I had been told that we could get there in three to three and a half hours but it took us five.  We hit road works on all the routes and got stuck in the cross channel ferry traffic on the Saturday, so had to take things more slowly.

As the traffic was not good, we stopped for a leisurely lunch in a lovely pub called The Coventry Arms in Wimborne.

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We stopped on a whim but it turned out to be an excellent choice.  It was a gastropub serving fabulous food made from really fresh ingredients, all locally sourced.  I had an excellent fish, Jase had a succulent lamb dish and Lauren had some wonderful fishcakes with homemade chips.  I would definitely stop there again on any return visit to Dorset.

Strangely, despite the long car journey it was a pleasant journey and I enjoyed seeing the gorgeous Dorset countryside unfold on the journey.  Arriving in Lyme Regis itself was quite an experience; you approach it from the top of a hill and you get fabulous views of the town as you drive towards the Cobb.

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We were staying in the cream coloured squarish building on the right of the photo.  It was situated right on the beach and harbour area.  It was a lovely apartment with fabulous views from the windows.

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As you can see, the beach was literally a stone's throw away.  A small fishing fleet was moored in the harbour adjacent to the beach.

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The girls loved the beach and spent quite a lot of time there as the weather allowed.  Unfortunately, we did have some rain during the week so did not spend as much time as we would have liked on the beach.

Lauren and Jocey made the most of the time they had on the beach, building sand castles with gusto.

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Jocey enjoyed playing with (and chewing) the sand toys

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and flattening Mummy's sand castles.

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Lauren and Daddy built a really big sand castle on one of the really sunny days.

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Lauren built quite a few turrets for Daddy.

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Lauren had a fabulous time; she was so happy on the beach!

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Jocey also clearly enjoyed her time on the beach.  Look at her happy smile!

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After playing happily, Jocey went for a snooze in our beach tent and Lauren had a rest and something to drink whilst waiting for Daddy to get some food for a picnic lunch.

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Lauren was quick to tell Daddy that Jocey was sleeping when he arrived with the lunch!

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On the rainy days, we went to an excellent Children's farm in Abbotsbury.  Lauren loved seeing all the animals and particularly enjoyed taking the lamb for a walk

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and stroking the guinea pigs.

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I would have enjoyed it a lot more had I not been running a fever and shivering.  We went back to the apartment in the early afternoon and I crawled into bed.  It was 36 hours before I was better and no longer running a temperature.

We also visited the Sea Life Aquarium at Weymouth on another rainy day.

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The girls really enjoyed looking at the otters, penguins, seals and all the different kinds of fish.  Jocey especially enjoyed the underwater tunnel and was totally transfixed by the sight of the fish, sharks and turtles swimming by on the other side of the glass.  The rain failed to dampen our spirits.

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Lauren also really enjoyed the rides, much to my surprise.  I thought she would be scared by them, but she was all smiles!

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On our final weekend, we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary.  I cannot believe how quickly the time has passed; the day is still so fresh in our minds.  We had a fun weekend where we visited the excellent River Cottage Canteen in Axminster for lunch.


The food was fabulous and we regretted that we weren't able to get a table for dinner on our anniversary.  I was amazed that even the salad garnishing the orders was so tasty.  The highlight was definitely the scones with clotted cream and jam, Devon style.  I also could have spent a seriously large amount of money in that shop, given half a chance.

On the day, we had dinner in a lovely pub on the harbour front with the girls.

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Although the food wasn't as good as the gastropub or the River Cottage canteen, we still did enjoy ourselves.

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We had a lovely stroll on the beach afterwards and watched the sun go down over Lyme Bay.  It was the perfect end to a wonderful holiday.

I loved Lyme Regis and would definitely go back for another holiday.  Next time though I will be more organised and remember to book a table at the excellent River Cottage Canteen.  Even though Axminster is in the next county (Devon), Lyme Regis is on the border between Dorset and Devon so is only 5 miles from Axminster.

All the photos from our holiday can be found here on my Flickr account.

Dorset was good to us and we will go back.

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