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Walk this way for history tales
STRAP on your boots, hitch up your thickest socks and get ready for a romp around Lyme Regis.
The Lyme Regis Walking Festival takes place between November 2 and 10 and visitors will have the chance to explore parts of the coastline they may not have seen before.
The family friendly event will see local residents share their favourite walks to help visitors explore the town’s fascinating fossils, wildlife, history, and literary secrets.
Several hotels, guest houses and B&Bs are offering special rates to visitors during the festival that include complimentary walking festival support packages, with a book of walks and a list of local traders who are keen to share their local knowledge and favourite walks. In addition Lyme Regis’s resident guided walk experts will cover fossil, history and literary walks will be running a special programme of walks during the festival.
Chairman of the Lyme Regis Business Group Tony Colston, pictured below, said: “Lyme Regis is glorious and full of visitors during the summer months, but we want to share its dramatic beauty during the autumn of winter months as well.
“This will also help to extend the season for our local businesses and encourage more people to come to the town when it isn’t as busy.”
There will be fossil hunting and Mary Anning tours around the town, people will get the chance to experience ‘Dinosaur Land’ and build sandcastles.
Natalie Manifold is running some of the events during the festival.
She said: “There are some really fab walks going on this November. Some of them do not normally operate that often, so this is a chance to try something new and different.
“We’re really very excited about this year's festival.”
She added: “All the local traders are involved and we know from previous events in Lyme, that Lyme Regis really can put on a good show.
“You only have to look at the success of the annual fossil festival and Guitars on the Beach to see that.”
Highlights during the festival include a History of the Cobb tour, revealing tales of smuggling, war and trade, and a Jane Austen and a French Lieutenant’s Woman tour meeting at the Regent Cinema on Broad Street.
If smuggling is more your thing check out the tour on Monday November 4 at 6pm, but if intrigue and romance are your sort of thing, take the Jane Austen tour on Wednesday, November 6, which visits the house Jane stayed in.
For more information about any of the tours mentioned visit facebook.com/lymeregiswalkingfestival Alternatively call 07763 974569.