You may not recognise this beach by name but if you’ve seen the film adaptation of ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ it’ll look very familiar. Church Beach in Lyme Regis was one of the locations for the film (which starred Meryl Streep) and it sits in front of the rock armour that shelters the town’s promenade.
The beach is mostly sandy and when the tide recedes you’ll find dozens of rock pools that make great places for hinting shrimps. The bay connects with the river Lym in this section of the beach so if you fancy a walk on the sands you’ll need to do a bit of paddling first! Church Beach welcomes dogs throughout the year.
One of a handful of old favourites with those on beach holidays in Lyme Regis, Church Beachis better for shrimp catching with the old bucket and spade than it is for topping up the suntan, so we’d recommend it for the explorers amongst you. The entre beach is covered at high tide, so check the tide times before you visit to avoid a wait on the prom for the sand to reappear.