Lyme Regis Walking Festival with a Janeite appeal, 9th February - 16thFebruary 2013

Approximately three hours to the south-west of Brighton and lying in the heart of the 95 mile long Jurassic coastline is the beautiful seaside town of Lyme Regis.  Next month the town will host its first ever Walking Festival where knowledgeable guides will provide local, literary, historical and geological information alongside walks and electric bike tours.  One of the planned walks will be of particular interest to Jane Austen fans and will cover where she stayed and locations of interest from her novel Persuasion. 

For fossil enthusiasts, there will be a walk organised by the Lyme Regis Museum with Geologist Paddy Howe and Marine Biologist Chris Andrew.  With the cliffs around Lyme Regis affording a constant supply of fossils from 180 million years ago there is always a chance of discovering fossilised remains. Look out for the likes of the giant ichthyosaur, bearing a resemblance to our modern-day dolphin but extending in length by approx 2-4 metres or the plesiosaur, ranging from 2 -15 metres in length, an underwater equivalent of a giraffe due to its long neck, as well as possibly finding belemnites, with its closest resemblance to a squid and ammonites with their spiral shells.

Taking place in February, the locals are keen to show how equally beautiful the Dorset landscape is under winter skies when tumultuous seas create a dramatic backdrop and skeletal trees dominate the countryside.

Lyme Regis Cobb, taken by Didi2695, Flickr

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