A Great Gig

If you have been down to the seaside recently, at Lyme Regis, West Bay, Sidmouth or Weymouth, you will almost definitely have seen the water-beetle-like silhouette of a Cornish Pilot Gig out on the water. More and more of my friends are joining the ranks of oneĀ of the fastest growing sports; pulling in hundreds of…

Life Beyond Fish & Chips

Now don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love fish and chips, but that is partly the problem. There’s only so many times in one summer you can indulge without either your conscience or your waistline starting to nag. Luckily here in Lyme Regis we are spoilt for choice when it comes to other options….

Hawkchurch Resort & Spa

With views to die for, fine dining, al fresco pizza oven, a fully equipped gym and a spa to seriously indulge your mind and body, it is a wonder that so few locals seem to realise that the new Hawkchurch Resort & Spa is open to members of the public as well as residents. Reopened…

The Watch House

You may have to run the gauntlet of David Tennant hunters, but I have another top lunch spot for you. I may be preaching to the converted here as it’s not exactly a hidden secret, but it was new to me – recently we went for a lovely lunch at The Watch House, in West…

Herringbone, Charmouth

One of the reasons I was inspired to start this blog was the initiative, entrepreneurialism, creativity and sheer get-up-and-go I’ve encountered as a member of a Facebook group called Lyme Bay Ladies, and Herringbone is a perfect microcosm of all those qualities. Started five years ago as a pop-up shop purely to fill an empty…

The Cathedral of the Vale

If you have ever tried to drive along the A35 in mid-summer, you will be well aware that West Dorset is a major holiday destination. In 2014, there were over 3.4m visitor trips to West Dorset, with an estimated 14.7 million visitor nights, with visitors listing the scenery, pretty villages and walking as the main…

Rousdon Village Bakery

Due to a boring list of Lyme Regis / Musbury based errands this morning, we broke the habit of a lifetime and did something we very rarely do – went out for breakfast. Handily close to Lyme Regis, just a couple of miles along the Sidmouth Road, is one of the best breakfasts you can…

A Rose by any other name….

I always think English hedgerows are at their absolute best in May, with the colours of campion, bluebells, stitchwort, spurge and buttercups giving a much-needed splash of colour after a long dull winter, but now that first hit of technicolour brilliance is over, it’s time for the tasteful whites of June. The cow parsley, which…

Open Farm Sunday

It’s that time of year again when farmers are frantically clearing out unkempt corners of the yard, digging out the hand sanitiser and polishing tractors, as this Sunday 5th June is Open Farm Sunday 2016. Now in its 10th year, Open Farm Sunday has built to a hugely successful, national event, with over 290,000 visitors…

Downhouse Farm

Today I finally got around to doing something I’ve been meaning to do for years; we walked up the coastal path from Eype to Down House Farm for coffee and cake. Lots of people have told me I must do this, and now I know why! We parked in the beach car park at Eype,…