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Visiting Jurassic Coast

We'll be in that area for 2-3 days in Sept. Looking for places to stay and how to get around

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I'm assuming you won't have a car so are looking for buses or on foot?

There is information about the Jurassic coaster bus here which serves the villages and towns along the coast

Posted by
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How are you traveling there and exactly where along the Jurassic Coast do you wish to stay?

Public transport will be trains and busses, none quick.

3-4 hours by car from LHR…. It’s a 30 minute train ride from Waterlloo to Woking and then a 1.5 hours by bus to Lyme Regis.

Was an amusing view from the now defunct Aroma Cafe front window in Lyme Regis watching bus drivers negotiate a last turn into town. They all deserved driving medals!

I spent 3 nights in Lyme Regis. Drove a rental from LHR. Has mapped my route out online and printed it out for reference. Gotta say it was the first time using Google Maps Birdseye View. Totally impressed.

As I drove loved seeing structures and signage I’d already seen via the Birdseye view. Knew exactly where to make stops for food, water and a rest room break.

Lyme Regis is a nice place. Hilly but with a wonderful beach promenade. Also enjoyed Roly’s Fudge Pantry. Hope the shop is still in business.

Found the Lyme Regis Museum informative.

Alas, the comfortable apartment where I stayed is no longer available.

Lastly, if Broadchurch fans you can drive to West Bay to see the pier, bay, beach and sea cliff.

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We are dedicated Anglophiles and love walking trips in England. Weve done walking trips through HF Holidays in recent years that included the South Downs area. All you have to do is get to the country house and if you sign up for guided walks they arrange daily transportation. Self guided stays mean we rent a car like we did last year in the Cotswolds.

Two years ago we went further west and stayed at Lulworth Cove. Sadly HF sold that house but it was such a special area that I would go again and seek private accommodation.

As for getting around, we do rent a car Train service took us to Wool and then a pre arranged cab into Lulworth Cove. If I had to pick a place along the coast this would be it.

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My husband and I are in the process of planning a trip to the UK this September too! We are going to be spending 2-3 days at the Dorset coast. We are planning to be based in Wareham as we think it will be the most convenient location to use buses/trains to visit (1) Corfe Castle (2) Lulworth Cove/Durdle Door (3) Brownsea Island.... and generally ramble around the Isle of Purbeck (which is actually a peninsula).

Happy travel planning and have a great trip!

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I would agree with @MapLady that Wareham is a good place to explore the Jurassic Coast east of Weymouth.

Re- the above-

It’s a 30 minute train ride from Waterlloo to Woking and then a 1.5 hours by bus to Lyme Regis

That has me baffled as there isn't a bus from Woking to Lyme Regis. If there was it would take a lot longer than that. The buses to LR leave from Weymouth and Dorchester in the east and Axminster in the west.

All those stations are served from Waterloo- Weymouth and Dorchester on the fast electrics through Southampton and the New Forest, Axminster on Exeter bound trains.
The bus takes about 30 minutes from Axminster, 90 minutes from Dorchester and 2 hours from Weymouth.

A fun way there is bus Axminster to Colyton, then the tram to Seaton, then the bus to Lyme Regis.