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Despite living here for more than ten years, we still smile every time we look out at the view over the sea from Lyme Regis. To really turn that smile into a grin, getting on the water is even better - here are a few ideas....

fishing Lyme Regis Harry May

Go Fishing

Our favourite way to spend an afternoon on a boat is in the genial company of Harry May. His fishing tours (bookable in advance) include all equipment such as life vests and fishing rods and you will be shown the best tips and tricks to catch mackerel or other fish. If you are lucky and catch some for your supper, hire a BBQ from Blue Lias Gallery and cook your catch on the beach.

Boylos paddleboard lyme regis beach


This summer craze has certainly kept our family entertained. Paddleboarding is the perfect way to explore the coves & beaches. Take a lesson from Boylos’ fully qualified instructors based on the promenade. They will teach you good technique as well as ensure that you are aware of safety on the water.


If standing up isn’t your thing, how about a more traditional paddle? Kayaks, both single and double, can be hired next to the sandy beach. Our top tip would be to paddle around the Cobb along Monmouth Beach (check out the amazing seaweed formations) and past the headland to Pinhay where there is a lovely tiny beach, only accessible by boat.

Morning Sea Swim

Wild Swim

The benefits of wild swimming have been well catalogued and a sunrise dip in our gorgeous bay certainly lifts the spirits. In terms of things to do in Lyme Regis, this would be top of our list. If you need some encouragement, Lyn swims most mornings before breakfast and is always happy to take guests along for a dip.

If you are wanting to swim more seriously, we have a fantastic swim coach locally who can help work on swim technique or fitness. Malcolm from Lyme Bay Swimming offers private lessons in the bay whenever conditions permit.

And of course, there’s very little in life that can beat the relaxing effect of listening to the waves breaking on the shore. For the best effect, aim to be on the beach for sunrise to really appreciate just how lucky we are here in Lyme Regis.

Lyme Bay Rib Rides

Rib Rides

For an exhilarating thrill, you can travel at speed on a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) across the bay. Have a quick whizz across the bay, or book one of the tours  with Lyme Bay Rib Rides that take in sights from Beer Head to West Bay. The rides leave from The Cobb and must be pre-booked.

Shoreline Sauna at Lyme Regis Beach

Beach Sauna

The Scandinavians are amongst the happiest people on earth - and they do enjoy a good sauna - a link perhaps? The Shoreline Sauna based on the main beach is the perfect way to enjoy the relaxing benefits of a sauna AND a cold water swim. You can enjoy the trill of a sea swim (or dip) knowing that you will soon warm up again. And if the sea is not for you, there are options to cool down by the sauna.