Here at Quingo Scooters, we certainly do love to be beside the seaside. And there are few better places to enjoy the UK’s wonderful coastline than Lyme Regis in Dorset. It is a small town, but one that promises visitors a dramatic and invigorating stay. Here are just a few of the great routes in and around Lyme Regis that are accessible to those of us using mobility scooters.
Exploring Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis is just one of those places that seems to inspire. Perhaps it is the drama of the Cobb, the spectacular Jurassic Coast, or maybe the candyfloss and the sea air, but there really is something very special about Lyme. From trails along the sea front to landscaped gardens and spectacular cliff top views, Lyme Regis really does have something for everyone.
Langmoor and Lister Gardens
This wonderful trail is a great way to get some truly spectacular views of Lyme Bay and the town of Lyme Regis. It is steep in parts, and with steps at some points, but there are alternative routes around these and it is possible to do a fully accessible circular route around the gardens. The gardens themselves are also gorgeous. There are bat boxes and bird houses to encourage the wildlife and a wonderful variety of plants that are popular not just with human visitors but also with the insects: keep an eye out for the beautiful Jersey Tiger Moth. Again, Lyme Regis isn’t huge, so any of the town centre car parks are suitable.
Along Lyme Regis seafront
Fish and chips, seagulls and the smell of the salty air: there is nothing quite like taking in the sights and sounds of the sea front at Lyme. This short trail takes you right along the front and is mostly flat all the way. It is a circular route and you can park in any of the six car parks in the town with accessible spaces (see below). It will take you past the world-famous Cobb, the huge stone wall that dominates the sea front at Lyme Regis. It plays a starring role in both Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion and the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman, so now is your chance to channel your inner Louisa Musgrove or Meryl Streep! The Cobb itself is cobbled though and the uneven surface may be uncomfortable for some scooter users.
Lyme Regis Aquarium, The Cobb
While you are down by the sea front, we really recommend visiting the town’s aquarium. It is a great way to pass a few hours, especially if you are visiting Lyme Regis with the kids. We love it because of how close it allows you to get to some of the spectacular life of the Jurassic Coast. You can hold a starfish and feed a mullet, as well as discover more about this incredible coastline was formed over millions of years. There is level access throughout for mobility scooters, and you can park in any of the town’s central car parks. Find out more here.
Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole
Lulworth Cove is about an hour’s easy drive east of Lyme Regis, but it is well worth making the effort to see this gorgeous stretch of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Firstly, there is the journey itself, taking you through the stunning Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Once you are there, there is a car park with dedicated Blue Badge parking and an accessible toilet in the centre of the village. From there, there is a short section of the South West Coast Path National Trail that is fully accessible to those of using mobility scooters that takes in spectacular views of Lulworth Cove itself and the natural stone arches known as Stair Hole. You can find a detailed plan of the route here.
Lyme Regis is a seaside town, built on hills, so we won’t pretend that everything in the town is accessible to those of us using mobility scooters and wheelchairs. That said, much of it is, and there is actually a good deal of the town that you can visit easily. A great place to start your trip to Lyme Regis is the town’s dedicated accessibility page here. You will find lots of information about the accessible facilities in the town, including details of the six car parks. These are at Broad Street/Cobb Gate, which has 3 accessible spaces, Charmouth Road with 2, Holmbush with 8, Monmouth Beach/Cabanya with 13, Pitthouse with 1 and Woodmead Halls that has 2 accessible spaces. Blue Badge holders can also park on the sea front too.
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