Avoided a soaking  The Cob at Lyme Regis  Photographer Stephen Martin

Lyme Regis is located on a spectacular stretch of the famous South West Coast Path, with cliffs and inland woodlands combining to offer breathtaking scenery and walking conditions for families and serious hikers alike.

Among the many walks taking place during the festival is an invigorating all-day eight-mile woodland trek along the South West Coast Path from Lyme Regis to Seaton. It passes through the Undercliff National Nature Reserve, part of the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Discover the literary locations and see the history of long-forgotten civilisations in this secret place.  With stunning views over Lyme Bay, this tour includes historical information on great Victorian manor houses and their estates, country living, farming, the English Civil War, smuggling and the compelling landscapes that inspired literary greats like John Fowles, Jane Austen, Dick Bessant and Tolkien.

Alternatively, why not join one of Lyme Regis Museum’s famous fossil walks with geologist Paddy Howe and marine biologist Chris Andrew. Walks last about two hours and your fossil walk ticket gives you free admission to the museum, where you will be able to see displays of rare fossils, learn all about Mary Anning, the famous early palaeontolotist who once lived on the site of the museum.

Another walking tour, Walk with the French Lieutenant’s Woman, which is organised by Literary Lyme, focuses on the landscape that inspired the acclaimed novelist John Fowles.  The walk visits places featured in the novel and film, which memorably starred Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons.  The best is left until last – as the walk reaches the secluded farmhouse that Fowles adored and the quirky workroom where he wrote The French Lieutenant’s Woman. 

For more info about walking festivals taking place along the South West Coast Path in 2014 visit www.southwestcoastpath.com/festivals

For further details of all walks and events during the Lyme Regis Walking Festival 2014 visit www.lymeregis.org