“A very strange stranger it must be, who does not see the charms of the immediate environs of Lyme, to make him wish to know it better," wrote Jane Austen in Persuasion. Judging from the summer crowds, many people agree with her. The scenic seaside town of Lyme Regis and the so-called Jurassic Coast are highlights of southwest Dorset. The crumbling Channel-facing cliffs in this area are especially fossil rich.
Need trip ideas? Get inspired by our curated collections of the world's best destinations.More