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Accessible Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis is a quaint and stylish seaside town situated on the south coast of England in the picturesque county of Dorset. Lyme is a year-round resort and an ideal base to discover the surrounding coast and countryside.
The area around the beaches, Marine Parade and Gun Cliff Walk is the most accessible parts of the town. The main shopping area (Broad Street) is on a hill running down towards the seafront. You can view a map of the town showing the main points of interest as well as car parks and public toilets.
This Access to Lyme Regis Guide is aimed at visitors of all abilities. To make the most of your holiday in Lyme Regis, we strongly advise that you check any information in advance to ensure your specific needs can be met.
The town council has two beach wheelchairs so you can access the sandy and pebble beaches, as well as a floating wheelchair so you can enjoy the sea.
The all-terrain wheelchairs can be hired for free by those who have trouble getting onto the beach and into the water.
They can be reserved in advance through the town council office by calling 01297 445175 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also be booked on the day if they are not already booked out.
The collection point is from the Marine Parade Shelters on the seafront, where a member of staff will be available to help. You can view a map showing the collection point and Blue Badge parking on the town council website.
Visit the town council website for beach wheelchair FAQs and pictures of the wheelchairs.
You can complete the booking form and read the terms and conditions of hire via the town council website.
Step-free route to seafront
Signs indicate the step-free route from the top of the town (Langmoor Garden gates) to the seafront, and the reverse route. This will help wheelchair users, parents with buggies, and walkers who find using steps is not comfortable.
The route is about 550 metres long but has the benefit of fabulous views. Please be aware this is not a flat route as the gardens slope down towards the sea.
Accessible public conveniences are at the following locations:
Marine Parade (postcode DT7 3JH)
Monmouth Beach (postcode DT7 3JY)
Charmouth Road car park (postcode DT7 3DW)
Broad Street car park (postcode DT7 3QF)
Holmbush car park (postcode DT7 3HX)
You can view their locations on the town map.
Travelling to Lyme Regis by train
The nearest station to Lyme Regis is Axminster on the London Waterloo to Exeter railway line. Assistance for wheelchair users can arranged by contacting South Western Railway’s Assisted Travel Team on 0800 52 82 100 (freephone) or Text Relay service 18001 0800 52 82 100.
Wheelchair accessible taxis from Axminster can be pre-booked with Payne's Premier Travel (Telephone: 01297 35895). The one-way fare is typically £15 and the journey time is 15 minutes.
First Buses (numbers X51 and X53) operate from Axminster Railway Station to Lyme Regis and beyond. The buses are normally accessible. You can visit the First Bus website to find out about accessibility, assistance dogs and more.
Travelling to Lyme Regis by car
Lyme Regis has a number of car parks, both long stay and short stay.
You can view more information about the car parks including charges and location maps by clicking on the weblinks.
Locations as follows:
Broad Street car park has 2 accessible spaces. Short stay car park with 36 total spaces.
Cobb Gate car park has 1 accessible space. Short stay car park with 17 total spaces.
Charmouth Road car park has 2 accessible spaces. Long stay car park with 386 total spaces. 10 minute downhill walk to the town.
Holmbush car park has 6 accessible spaces. Long stay car park with 393 total spaces. 10 minute downhill walk to the town.
Monmouth Beach and Cabanya car parks have 13 accessible spaces. There are 282 total spaces and these are the closest car parks to Monmouth Beach and The Cobb harbour.
Pitthouse car park (NCP) has 2 accessible spaces. Long stay car park with 70 total spaces. 5 minute downhill walk to the town.
Woodmead car park has 2 accessible spaces. 239 total spaces with a 5 minute downhill walk to the town.
For access to the town centre and beaches, the following car parks are close by and have a fairly flat route: Cobb Gate, Broad Street, Monmouth Beach and Cabanya car parks. The other car parks are further away, involve a downhill walk and pavements which may be too narrow for wheelchair and mobility scooter users.
For further information about parking in Lyme Regis, go to our Parking webpage.
Blue Badge Holders
Blue Badge holders can park on the seafront (Cart Road), which is accessed through Cobb Gate car park at the bottom of the town.
Blue Badge holders will receive one extra hour in addition to the ticket purchased when parking in car parks operated by Dorset Council. You can read more about parking in Dorset Council car parks on their website.
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