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Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast

May 21, 2015 by David Herd

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast is located in west Dorset in South West England. An interesting seaside village. we stopped for lunch on the way to Plymouth from Beckington.

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast

Lyme Regis Situated at the heart of the Jurassic Coast, Lyme Regis is a major centre for fossil collecting.  The village is located 25 miles west of Dorchester and 25 miles east of Exeter. The Cobb wall provides a breakwater to protect the town from storms and separates Monmouth and Cobb Gate beaches.

The High Street

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast An official World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast is a “must see” for anyone interested in geology, history or stunning coastal scenery,  some of the most scenic spots in its 95 mile long stretch can be found around the Lyme Regis area.

Royal Lion Hotel

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast  It is a former coaching inn, dated to 1610 (although the official site claims 1601). It is reputedly haunted; many unexplained ectoplasms have been sighted in the corridors and cold spots.

Bell Cliff Restaurant & Tea Rooms

  Lyme Regis Dorset TripAdviser rate the restaurant 16 from 68 in Lyme Regis.  

 The Rock Point Inn

  Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast At the mouth of the Lim River, facing the sea, is this 18th-century pub.  

Relaxing in Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast Lyme Regis is an historic unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port on the world famous Cobb harbour. Surrounded by beautiful coastlines and countryside, the area has now been awarded World Heritage Site Status; famous for its geology and fossil finds.

Interesting coastline

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast

I think it would be very cold in winter.

The seagulls are as big as chooks.

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast

These monsters are twice as big as their Australian cousins.

Protection from the sea

Lyme Regis Dorset

The rock wall looks like it can withstand anything the ocean can throw at it.

Lime Regis Jurassic Coast

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Certainly one of the most interesting coastlines in England.

Thanks for visiting my Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast photo blog.

David Herd Lyme Regis

Ok, off we go towards Lands End.

Our road trip

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We left Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast to spend a couple of days in Plymouth before visiting Par where my Grandfather Samuel John Tippett was born, then onto Lands End and St Ives.

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Good English restaurants

July 27, 2013 by David Herd

The Westbeach in Bournemouth.

Good English restaurants

Good English restaurants, many people think they are few and far between, but here are a couple to consider. The Westbeach restaurant in Bournemouth is certainly worth a visit, great location on the beach, with a good menu offering a nice selection. I first visited Westbeach December 2007 then returned in 2009 so things may have changed.

Westbeach is one of my favourite restaurants in England. photo WestbeachBournemouth5.jpg Bournemouth beach

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The Priory hotel in Bath

Priory hotel Bath

The Priory in Bath is very good, receiving a Michelin star in 2012. Sam Moody is the chef.

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The Priory is old world charm at its best, for more information please click here.

 The Mission in Plymouth.


Good English restaurants

The Mission has great atmosphere and very good food, please click here.




Good English restaurants

 Good English restaurants

 The Well at Buckington, Wiltshire.

Good English restaurants

Here are my nieces Laura & Elyssa hamming it up at the Well in Bulkington, a nice English pub with good food.

The Bridge Tea Room, Bradford on Avon

Good English restaurants One of Britain’s Great Tea Rooms is in Bradford on Avon, the afternoon ritual of serving tea has been developed to a fine art here, and is so accomplished that the Bridge Tea Rooms has been recognized as excellent by the prestigious UK Tea Guild for many years. Delicate bone china, the finest leaf teas, and friendly staff in Victorian costumes serving home-made cakes, pastries and sandwiches. Housed in a former blacksmith’s cottage dating from 1502, the Bridge Tea Rooms positively oozes atmosphere, and the classical music playing gently in the background sets a tranquil tone.

One of Britain’s Great Tea Rooms

Bridge tea room Bradford on Avon

If you are ever in this delightful village make sure you visit this tea room.


Good English restaurants

Laura really loved the scones.

My other lovely niece Elyssa preferred the sponge cake.

Good English restaurants

Either one would do me.

La Chateaux Du Vin in Brighton
Good English restaurants  AgnesPaulo and Nikki at my favourite Brighton restaurantLa Chateaux Du Vin, open for lunch and dinner, if you go there please pass on my regards.  :-D This is one of the very Good English restaurants Good English restaurants Above is Smoked salon on Matzo which  is an unleavened bread traditionally eaten by Jews during the week-long Passover holiday.

The Bath Arms Hotel in Brighton

  Good English restaurants  A terrific ham & salad sandwich.

The Par Inn, Cornwall

  Good English restaurants This is definitely not one of the Good English restaurants, worst Cornish pasties I’ve ever tasted were here. The  reason I paid this town a visit was because it was the birth place of my grandfather Sam Tippett.

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Travelling South West England

July 23, 2013 by David Herd

Shaftesbury in Dorset

Travelling South West England

Gold Hill Shaftesbury

Travelling South West England, I have taken thousands of photos there and this one is my favorite. It is Gold Hill, Shaftesbury which is in Dorset. There is a nice tea room at the top of the hill where you can enjoy scones with jam & cream while enjoying the view. I will try to give you some useful travel tips towards the end of this post.

Lyme Regis, Dorset.

Travelling South West England 

Lyme Regis in Dorset is a special place, the coastline in either direction is magnificent. The cliffs over the  boarder are grey and crumbling, those eastwards, towards Charmouth are also unstable – especially after heavy rain, and those at Black Ven are capped with a layer of Gold. The town is noted for the fossils found in the cliffs and beaches, which are part of the Heritage Coast—known commercially as the Jurassic Coast—a World Heritage Site. For information please click here.

Lyme Regis South west England

Travelling South West England

A beautiful part of the English coastline.

Weymouth Travelling South West England

Weymouth on the south coast

Weymouth is a seaside town in Dorset,  situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey on the English Channel coast. The town is 13 kilometres (8 mi) south of Dorchester and 8 kilometres (5 mi) north of the Isle of Portland. The town’s population is 52,323 (2011). The town is the largest settlement in Dorset following the unitary authorities of Bournemouth and Poole   The history of the borough stretches back to the 12th century; including involvement in the spread of the Black Death, the settlement of the Americas, the development of Georgian architecture, and preparations for World War II. Fishing and trading employ fewer people in the area since their peak in earlier centuries, but tourism has continuously increased its presence in the town since the 18th century and is now the primary industry. Weymouth is a tourist resort, and its economy depends on its harbor and visitor attractions; the town is a gateway situated halfway along the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site on the Dorset and east Devon coast, important for its geology and landforms. Weymouth Harbour is home to cross-channel ferries, pleasure boats and private yachts, and nearby Portland Harbour is home to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, where the sailing events of the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games were held.

Dorchester South west England

Travelling South West England

Dorchester is the county town of Dorset. A historic market town, Dorchester lies on the banks of the River Frome, in the Frome Valley, just south of the Dorset Downs and north of the South Dorset Ridgeway, that separates the area from Weymouth, 8 miles (13 km) south. Dorchester is noted as being home and inspiration to the author Thomas Hardy, whose novel The Mayor of Casterbridge was based on the town. In the 2001 Census the official population of Dorchester was 16,171, although by 2010 this was estimated to have risen to 18,280.

St Ives in Cornwall

Travelling South West England

St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. The town lies north of Penzance and west of Camborne on the coast of the Celtic Sea. In former times it was commercially dependent on fishing. Wikipedia

St Ives

Travelling South West England

Lots of narrow winding lanes some too narrow for vehicles.

Lands End, Cornwall.

Lands End hotel Cornwall

Here we are at Lands End in Cornwall, England’s most westerly point. Wind levels in winter reach around 20-25 knots, which is windier than most of England. The highest temperature recorded is 28.9 °C, and the lowest temperature recorded is -3.4 °C.

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Most westerly point in England.

Travelling South West England

Such a wild rugged coastline.

The famous Roman Baths in Bath.

Travelling South West England

I’m sure these baths have not changed in centuries.

Beautiful city of Bath

Travelling South West England

This is certainly one of my favourite English cities Travelling South West England.

So many pubs & so little time.

Travelling South West England

English pubs have got to be the best in the world, then again I have never been to Ireland. 🙂

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Bradford on Avon

Travelling South West England

We have traveled north now to Bradford on Avon in west Wiltshire, one of my favourite English villages with some excellent pubs & restaurants.

My niece Laura love the scones at The Bridge Tea rooms.

Bridge tea room in Bradford on Avon

Can afternoon tea get any better than this?

Tithe Barn Bradford on Avon

The Tithe Barn 14th century

A tithe barn was a type of barn used in much of northern Europe in the Middle Ages for storing tithes—one tenth of a farm’s produce which was given to the Church. Tithe barns were usually associated with the village church or rectory and independent farmers took their tithes there.

Tithe Barn

Travelling South West England

The village priests wouldn’t have to pay tithes—the purpose of the tithe being their support—and some had their own farms anyway, which are now village greens in some villages.

Houseboats on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Travelling South West England

The ducks or drakes deciding whether to go for a swim or a walk. 🙂

Two Dinosaurs at the Trowbridge show in Wiltshire.

Travelling South West England

Oh well, it is better to be a “has been” than a “never was”. 🙂
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Travelling South West England is certainly one of my favourite parts of this wonderful country.

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