Literary Lyme Walking Tours is the ideal way to explore Lyme Regis with an experienced guide who will share their love of literature. The company pride themselves on making sure each walking tour is fully researched so that you will be entertained and informed whilst exploring the different aspects of the town and local area. The tours take place all year round (regardless of the weather!). They cater for groups of all sizes and ages, and tours can be tailored to guests’ needs. Current tours include:
- Jane Austen Tours Jane Austen visited Lyme Regis, setting her novel Persuasion here so this tour follows in Austen’s footsteps around her beloved Lyme and see the actual spot, often disputed, where Louisa Musgrove fell off the Cobb. During the Jane Austen tour we visit the houses in which Jane is said to have stayed and hear stories of Lyme Regis as she would have known it.
- Mary Anning Tours Mary Anning was born in Lyme Regis in 1799. The daughter of a carpenter, she became one of the greatest fossil hunters, being the first to uncover a complete Ichthyosaur. Mary Anning went on to discover a great many more important species, such as the Dimorphodon. The Mary Anning walk explores her life and times.
- The French Lieutenant’s Woman Tours Lyme Regis will be forever imprinted on the minds of people worldwide through the work of the late novelist John Fowles. Explore the landscapes that inspired the creation of The French Lieutenant’s Woman and visit the house in which it was written. This tour is of particular interest to those who like this book, those who would like a taster of the wilderness, or those who would like to see what is quite simply the most beautiful part of Lyme Regis. Also ideal for Meryl Streep fans!
- Banksy Tours In January 2012 Banksy left graffiti of an origami crane on a river bank in Lyme. On the 20-30 minute walk to the Lyme Regis Banksy we discuss how it was created, have an opportunity to photograph it and discuss why Banksy may have chosen the particular Crane and Goldfish motif.
- Jurassic Coast Tours Our Jurassic Coast Tours include 2 main walks. The most popular is the Architecture of the Undercliff walk along the south west coast path Lyme Regis to Axmouth or Seaton. This 8 mile woodland walk goes through the largest nature reserve in the country – said to be the closest to a jungle in the UK. Discover the literary locations and the history of long forgotten civilisations in this secret place.