Lyme Regis’s Cobb separates two beaches, Monmouth Beach and Cobb Gate Beach. So, if you wander the length of the Cobb with your pet during a Lyme Regis holiday then you’ll be able to step down and carry on the walk along the beach. Look out for fossils as you go as this stretch of the Jurassic Coast has been the scene of some of the world’s most important findings – many of them by Mary Anning who discovered a complete ichthyosaur when she was just 12.
The area’s Jurassic discoveries and the beauty of the Cobb that protects the town from the sea make Lyme Regis a romantic resort. The Cobb even appeared in the film ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’, which starred Meryl Streep and was featured in Jane Austen’s novel ‘Persuasion’.
The original version of the Cobb was destroyed by storms in 1377, and the current version was built in 1820 using Portland stone. Today, it remains a vital defence against the elements and a Dorset landmark, and a walk along it is a great opportunity to enjoy the view of the town from the sea. Come rain or shine, this section of the coastline is always alive with strolling couples, dog walkers and excited children looking for their first fossil – so make sure you visit Cobb Gate Beach at least once. Dogs are welcome on Cobb Gate Beach.