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“Imagine life 200 years ago with Mary Anning and her ichthyosaurs”

Literary Lyme Walking Tours
Ranked #5 of 7 Tours in Lyme Regis
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Owner description: Cruise, Coach & Walking Tours Walking Tours include: Jane Austen, Broadchurch, Mary Anning, French Lieutenant's Woman.
Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Imagine life 200 years ago with Mary Anning and her ichthyosaurs”
Reviewed 20 October 2011

Our book club read Tracy Chevalier’s Remarkable Creatures which is about Mary Anning's life and her talent for finding fossils. Clearly the remarkable creatures include both Mary Anning and the dinosaurs.
As we all live within 10 miles of Lyme Regis, I suggested that a walking tour of the Lyme Regis that Mary Anning would have known. Natalie was very patient while we booked and then rearranged several dates for our walk.
The walk was great, Natalie is a delightful and knowledgeable guide and she showed us things that even those of us who know Lyme well had never noticed before. The walk was about 1 ½ hours and not too strenuous. All in all, good entertainment for all ages.
If you hurry, the original fossil ichthyosaur found by Mary Anning is in the Museum for the 200th anniversary of its discovery.

Visited September 2011
Thank Frank C
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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“A novel and highly enjoyable way to learn about Lyme Regis and its literary connections.”
Reviewed 27 May 2011

My initial reservations about booking two walking tours with Literary Lyme turned out to be completely unfounded. My party consisted of two very well read women and two totally non literary men, there primarily to accompany their wives! I need not have worried. Literary Lyme's Fowles walk and a bespoke Austen walk combined with some local Lyme Regis history proved highly enjoyable for all of us. The girls in my group, already familiar with Jane Austen and John Fowles, found the walks absolutely absorbing. For us chaps, it was fascinating and an interesting contrast to our non literary world, and I must say, a pleasure to be taken round by such a pleasant and knowledgeable guide, Natalie. The amalgam of Natalie's own narrative with readings from the two books, Fowles' 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' and Jane Austen's 'Persuation' was particularly good in itself, but Natalie's readings 'on location' at the Underhill cottage, in the wilderness of the Undercliff and on the Cobb brought everything to life; at times it was quite magical.  So, congratulations Natalie on getting Literary Lyme going and we wish you every possible success in the future.

Visited May 2011
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