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Local Area and Attractions

There are lots of things to do in and around Rousdon to suit all tastes.

Listed below are just some of the local places to visit and enjoy during a stay at Marbles. You can download this guide here. There are also several popular and famous restaurants, bars and cafe’s locally, for a guide to our favourite haunts, please view our Places to Eat and Drink guide.

On the estate itself, the 350 acres are largely accessible for peaceful walks and a map is provided in the property (please respect areas marked private)

The South West Coast Path runs through the southern boundary of the estate near the beach. You can walk from Marbles to Lyme Regis (takes 2 hours with children approx 3 ½ miles) or to Seaton (approx similar distance) and beyond.

Part 1 – https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/81/

Part 2 – https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/634/

Alternatively, just a stroll along the driveways and paths of the estate can while away a few enjoyable hours. A copy of this map is available in the cottage for use during your stay.

The beach

Access to Charton Bay beach, a private beach attached to the estate, is just 30-40 minutes walk from the house (please note, access to this is very steep in parts and is not suitable for the very young or people with walking difficulties)  It is a very quiet, scenic beach only otherwise accessible by boat. A photographic step by step guide can be found in the guide book at the cottage (feel free to take the notes with you, I replenish each week) but please note that the path can be slippery and is steep in parts so please be cautious with older people and toddlers.

Buses

The 9A costal bus service runs between Seaton and Lyme Regis and is useful to catch for a return journey to and from the beach resorts. For more live updated information see here or download a timetable here.

Additional bus routes from local towns- can be found:https://avmtbustimes.wixsite.com/mysite and details of the  Jurassic Coaster buses and timetables can also be downloaded.

Just 5 minutes drive away, Lyme Regis is probably the safest beach for swimming with a life guard in attendance during the summer. The best fossil finding beaches are Monmouth Beach at Lyme and the beach at Charmouth, although please follow the safe fossiling code during your time here.

In addition to its beaches, the historical seaside resort of Lyme Regis offers a range of shops, galleries, cinema & Theatre and there are many cafe’s, bars and restaurants to choose from (see Places to Eat and Drink guide )  Lyme also boasts the RNLI lifeboat, boat trips and fishing trips available from the historic cob walls, the Dinosaur Museum, working Water Mill and Bakery and the small and quaint Marine Aquarium with it’s 60 year old lobster!

The Visit Dorset website contains further information: https://www.visit-dorset.com/explore/areas-to-visit/lyme-regis/things-to-do

Recommended places to visit in Lyme:

Dinosaur museum. https://www.dinosaurland.co.uk/

Fossil shops and museum – have a chat with local experts and review their finds

Guided Fossil walk – https://www.jurassiccoastguides.co.uk/ 3 hr walks, prices start at £120 for up to 6 people.

Marine aquarium – meet the local 60 year old lobster!

Paddle board lessons – https://www.boylos.co.uk/sup/sup-lessons-lyme-regis/  or  https://www.jurassicsupfitness.com/sup from £25/hr

Kayaks – http://www.lymekayakhire.com/  from £10/hr

Boat trips 

Lyme RIB rides – from £19 / person, group rates etc available

Lyme Bay Boat Trips – Fishing and sightseeing, private charter, group bookings from £10

Nicks Fishing Trips – Fishing and sightseeing, private charter, group bookings

Lyme Regis Museum – Built on the site of Mary Annings home in Lyme Regis, Ticket prices Adult £5.95, Child (6-17) £2.75, children 5 and under free, Great value family ticket up to 2 adults and 3 children £14.75, Student £2.75 (please show student card)

Marine Theatre – Plays, shows, concerts, check the website for details

Mini golf and table tennis in the Lister gardens above the beach

 

Parking is available at (all prices current at time of writing (June 2020) and may be subject to change):

Holmbush car park – On the way into Lyme Regis. £2.00 all day, it is free to park after 6pm.

Pitt House car park – down the high street, quite tight spaces, NCP expensive prices – 2-4 hours £7.20

Cobb Gate car park – At the bottom of the high street, on the right. 1 hr 70p, 2 hr £1.60, 3 hr £4.00, per additional hour £4.00

Broad Street car park – At the bottom of the high street, on the left, pricing as above

Charmouth Road car park – Through town and up Charmouth road. £2 all day, free after 6pm

Cabanya car park – next to bowling green (on right) Monmouth Street – £1.40 / hour. Charges apply 8am-9pm (between 6 April and 31 October), and 8am-6pm (between 1 November and 5 April)

Monmouth Beach car park – Opposite the bowling green (on Monmouth Beach) – £1.40 / hour. Charges apply 8am-9pm (between 6 April and 31 October), and 8am-6pm (between 1 November and 5 April)

 

Further afield heading west…

Seaton (3 miles) – Through Axmouth and along the Axe estuary with its wildlife nature reserve.

The Seaton Electric tramway also operates from here. (open top trams rides to Colyford.  Well worth a trip.

Seaton Wetlands  provide great nature walks and boarded paths to bird hides along the river Axe.

Seaton Bay Watersports hire kayaks and SUPs from the flags on Seaton Beach.

Seaton Jurassic, newly opened in 2019, museum experience and café/shop.

Every September, the Colyford Goose Fayre is held on the outskirts of Seaton, a traditional village fayre with a Goose parade and lots of medieval fancy dress.

Parking is available in seaton : on the esplanade, from 60p/hour by meter, depending on season or at:

Seaton Jurassic long stay car park – £1 / hr

The Underfleet long stay car park – £1 / hr

Orchard short stay car park – £1 / hr

Tesco and Co-operative offer 2 hours free parking

 

Just beyond Seaton, on the A3052 can be found Slade Farm, home to the wonderful Donkey Sanctuary – Free access to meet and learn about adopted and rescued Donkey’s.

 

Beer (6 miles) – Unspoilt fishing village of smugglers and lace making fame. Sheltered pebble beach offering fishing trips and sailing/pleasure boat trips.

Beer quarry caves – learn about the Beer stone quarrymen of 2000 years ago

Pecorama – a must for children of all ages.

 

Branscombe – Pretty seaside village. Vibrant Beach cafe, shingle beach, good village pub

Devenish Pitt Riding Centre – Family run riding centre offering lessons and hacks. Usually closed Mon/Tues except for bank holidays and School holidays.

Axminster – Market town, variety of shops and Tesco / Co-op supermarket.

River Cottage Canteen, cafe, restaurant and grocery store (01297 631862)– Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstalls Dorset establishment.

Honiton – Historic town, known for antiques shops and cafe’s.

Sidmouth – Elegant town with stunning architecture, pebble beach and lengthy promenade. Shops, cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes.

Bicton Park  – Historical gardens, 19th Century Palm House, woodland railway, a good family day out.

Otterton Mill – working water mill and museum. Lovely cafe and studios of local work. Shop selling locally milled flour and groceries.

Exmouth – Long sandy beaches with sand dunes and a promenade. Several cafe’s, mainly open air. Family holiday resort.

Topsham – lovely fishing village with good range of shops, cafe’s restaurants and antiques centre. Boat trips provided from the quay to a lovely riverside pub

Darts Farm, Topsham – retail shopping centre, Fired Earth, Aga, Orange Tree. High quality local produce and gifts. Great Fish and Chip cafe, good indoor cafe/restaurant, children park, animals and PYO fruit and veg in summer months

Further afield heading East….

Charmouth – Pebble beach, great for fossil hunting.

Charmouth Heritage Coast education centre and Beach Cafe. Traditional shops, several pubs and fish and chip shops.

West Bay – Traditional fishing town and harbour. Shingle beach, popular family seaside resort. Selection of fish restaurants, pubs and cafe’s, see our Places to Eat and drink guide for links

Chideock / Seatown – winding roads leading to a wide open shingle beach, flanked by fabulous cliff top paths. Great pub, “The Anchor” (01297 489215 ) lovely to eat outside.

Bridport – Historic Dorset market town. Street markets held every Wednesday and Saturday, Farmers market on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Art centre, galleries, museum.

Eype – secluded, quiet shingle beach, accessed via winding country lanes. Great walks along beach and cliff top paths.

Golden Cap. Incredible walks along the Jurassic coastline

Burton Bradstock – Further along the coast, very pretty village with several small shops and pubs. Great beach cafe “Hive Beach Cafe” (01308 897 070) at National Trust beach.

Abbotsbury Another very pretty Dorset village. The Sub-tropical gardens, Swannery and childrens park are all well worth a visit, albeit a little pricey.