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Where to stay without a car

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Where to stay without a car

My husband, 11 year old son and I will be in Dorset for a few days in July. We would really like to do some fossil hunting (Lyme Regis or Charmouth), but we're wondering where to stay.

We will be coming in by train from Cornwall, so could stay anywhere in the area that we can reach by train. Alternatively, we could take a bus from the train to other areas.

Is it worth staying in Lyme Regis, or would we be better off staying somewhere closer to the train (Axminster, perhaps)?

And any other suggestions for things to do without a car?

Thanks for any help!!

Cybored

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1. Re: Where to stay without a car

Lyme Regis is beautiful but not accessible by train. It is more expensive to stay there than in Axminster (a dump, IMHO, but has a chlorine free swimming pool) or Seaton (very quiet town). Take a taxi to anywhere on the coast and use this bus route to get around jurassiccoast.com/329/visiting-the-coast-31/…

With an 11 year old you might consider a trip to Crealy Devon, http://www.crealy.co.uk/devon/ which has indoor play areas, animals and rides. The donkey sanctuary http://drupal.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/ has free admission (donation requested). There is a tramway at Seaton http://www.tram.co.uk/ with model railway at Beer http://www.peco-uk.com/Pecorama/BHLR.htm. Exeter has spooky underground passages that might appeal to a boy - and reasonable shopping.

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2. Re: Where to stay without a car

btw what sort of accommodation are you planning to stay in as that may affect where you go? There are more hotels in Lyme than Axminster, Seaton or Colyford. Here are some you could consider

http://www.marinershotelseaton.co.uk/

http://www.hotelalexandra.co.uk/welcome/

http://www.bayhotelsuites.com/

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3. Re: Where to stay without a car

Thanks! We're not all that picky about accommodations, just concerned about getting around. I had seen the bus for the coast, but I wasn't sure if it would be better to stay closer to the coast or further inland.

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4. Re: Where to stay without a car

The train through Axminster doesn't take you to many places you might want to visit - Exeter and that's about it. So the choice is really taxi, bus - or hire a car if you drive. The roads are not busy. There are other buses along parts of the coast and from Axminster to Lyme and Seaton and a land train from Seaton to Beer.

I know the area quite well so if you are more specific about what your interests are I can maybe suggest more things to do.

There is a small fossil centre at Charmouth. http://www.charmouth.org/ It's only the top part of the building so won't take you long to visit but you may want to join a fossil walk.

There are caves at Beer (famous for smuggling); Seaton has good walking, a Roman history (although the remains are buried), a nature reserve and you can see the various ages of the land exposed if you're into that sort of thing; Colyton has some interesting buildings. Lyme and Charmouth have more sandy beaches. The coastline is beautiful, especially Branscombe beach and the road from Weymouth to Lyme Regis.

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5. Re: Where to stay without a car

Sorry for not getting back sooner. We're really interested in the fossil hunting, so I was looking at Lyme Regis or Charmouth. I'm just not sure we want to stay in either place.

I'm thinking of taking the train from Falmouth (where we'll be prior to this part of the trip) to Exeter or wherever, and staying there, then taking a bus/taxi/other transport to Lyme Regis and/or Charmouth for the day.

From wherever we stay, we'd go on to London, but we'd probably spend 2 nights so we could spend the day making our way to the fossils and looking around.

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6. Re: Where to stay without a car

You could stay at Exeter, get the bus to Lyme and Charmouth, stay a night at Lyme or the Fernhill Hotel in Charmouth or a B&B (the tourist information ofice for Lyme would know places) and then bus on to Weymouth and train into London from Weymouth. The coastal road from Lyme Regis to Weymouth has really beautiful views, it would be a shame not to bus along it if you're going to Lyme/Charmouth. The train from Weymouth to london takes much longer than Exeter-London though.

Lyme is really beautiful, Charmouth is a small English village but not of the chocolate box type. Other possibilities would be Abbotsbury - on the coast, lots of thatched houses, no hotels but bed and breakfast places www.abbotsbury.co.uk/abbotsbury-bandb.htm

or Bridport/West Bay or the Manor Hotel at West Bexington but that's quite a walk from the coast road.

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