Hotels in Charmouth
On the Dorset coast, at the mouth of the River Char, the village of Charmouth is a beautiful and quiet getaway. In the 18th and 19th centuries, it was a popular holiday resort â€“ recommended by author Jane Austen. It's about a mile away from Lyme Regis, and an ideal base for daytrips to Bridport or Devon. Spend your days adventuring and your nights in one of our Charmouth hotels, cottages, guesthouses or B&Bs.
This weaving coastline of sandy beaches, fossils and rock formations is easy to reach from Charmouth. It's the UK's first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. From end to end, it's â€˜a walk through time', with rock formations and erosion showing close to 185 million years of change.
Start at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, which runs family-friendly guided fossil walks. Entry to the centre is free, and includes a good look at the Charmouth Dinosaur.
The Jurassic Coast runs to Devon, and the South West Coast Path is a walking route that'll take you the whole way. It's the longest signposted footpath in the UK, covering 630 miles.
Places to eat in Charmouth
Most of Charmouth's eateries offer simple British seafood dishes and pub grub. Charmouth Fish Bar also offers pizzas. The nearest Chinese and Indian takeaways are in Lyme Regis.
The village has two pubs, The George and The Bank House. If you're feeling peckish for snacks and afternoon tea, try the Beach CafÃ©.
For a high-end dining experience, go to the Hix Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis. It's run by celebrity chef Mark Hix, and tables overlook the harbour and the coastline.
Activities and events
In the local area, there are chances to go quad biking, fishing, horse riding and paintballing. At the Target Sports Centre, have a go on the shooting range. There are two ranges, one for beginners and training and one for those with a bit more experience.
Local company Marshwood Trails lets you hire state-of-the-art electric bicycles for exploring the area. They also do â€˜cycle and dine' packages in association with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage.
Charmouth Fayre is held every August, and villagers get together for a traditional swim in the sea on Christmas Day. Whenever you visit, there'll usually be an activity on at Charmouth Central Library. It hosts bridge clubs, sewing, mah-jong, a writing group and a film club, so there's always something to keep you entertained.
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