Things to do & places to go

Charmouth is a fantastic base for exploring the Jurassic Coast. From local activities within walking distance, to local houses, gardens and attractions, West Dorset has something for everyone.

Things to do in Charmouth

  • Lazing on the beach, beach games and of course swimming in the sea
  • Exploring the beautiful coast and countryside with the many local walks
  • Fossil hunting on the beach
  • Swimming and play areas at the holiday parks
  • Local events and activities
  • Visit Lyme Regis using the excellent local bus service
  • Walking to Lyme Regis at low tide

The beach provides relaxation, exercise and activities for all ages. Whether it be lazing in the sunshine in summer, or fossil collecting in winter, there is always something to do. See the beach page for more information about the beach or the fossil hunting page for information about the fossils. At low tide you can walk to Lyme Regis although be aware that some clambering over large rocks is required. As the tide comes in you can always return by bus or taxi.

There are a variety of walks in the local area. For a countryside walk why not follow the river to Whitchurch Canonicorum and return via Wooton Fitzpaine? For the more ambitious you can walk to the top of Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast, and then down to the pubs in Seatown and Chideock.

Throughout the year there are events in Charmouth and the surrounding area. See our events page for more information.

Char Valley Health Club offers a range of facilities including a gym, pool sauna and steam room, exclusively for adults.

In the gym, the Matrix cardio machines use virtual active technology to help keep you focused while you workout. The sauna, steam room and exercise pool are situated on the ground floor along with the Char Valley Coffee House.

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electric bike hire at Monkton WyldHire a bike and cruise to the coast, picnic by the river, or explore the local villages, the choice is yours. 30 to 60 miles of power assisted cycling – it has to be tried to be believed!

For further details visit our helpful staff in reception, or see our website

Things to do in Lyme Regis

The historic town of Lyme Regis is just two miles away. Famous as the setting for the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman, and a favourite of Jane Austen, the town retains its charm and ambience. Throughout the year there are regular events and festivals providing entertainment for all ages. Places to visit in Lyme Regis include:

Places to visit

In addition to Charmouth and Lyme Regis there are a wide variety of places and attractions to visit in the area.

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