Lyme Regis is one of the UK’s most recognisable geological sites – but we received surprisingly few photographs of the site during the 100geosites competition!
This photograph, showing the distinctive pebble beach and Golden Cap in the distance, was sent by Anna Saich – who also sent us a winning image of another coastal geosite, Seven Sisters & Beachy Head.
Lyme Regis is a picturesque seaside town set in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the border where Dorset meets Devon. The beach and cliffs to the west expose the Blue Lias Formation which is made up of resistant impure limestones, separated by mudstones and thin shales. To the east, Church Cliffs again expose the Blue Lias and the overlying shales.
The area is world famous for its fossils, which date back to the Jurassic period. Careful searching can uncover ammonites, bivalves, belemnites, broken crinoid stems, fish scales and ichthyosaur vertebrae.
For the last few years, the Society has been attending the popular Lyme Regis Fossil Festival – which next year takes place on 28th April – 1st May. We’ve met lots of interesting people during our visits – not least stone balancing artist extraordinare, Adrian Gray, who dazzles visitors with his seemingly impossible feats every year!
Read more about Lyme Regis’ literary and geological heritage in a blog post written earlier this year by Anthea Lacchia – from stories of Jane Austin to Lyme’s famous fossil treasures!