A week of walks led by local experts was introduced by Lyme Regis Museum last year. It was so successful that two separate ‘Walks Weeks’ will be held this summer.
The first, with a maritime theme, is from Monday June 13 to Sunday June 19. It begins with ‘Lyme Regis as Jane Austen Saw It’ from the perspective of her most famous fictional Naval character. Fred Humphrey in the guise of Admiral Croft leads this walk from the Lifeboat Station at 2.30pm on Monday.
On Wednesday (June 15) Ken Gollop leads walkers around the Cobb, discussing its history and connections with ‘Fishermen, Fossils and the French Lieutenant’s Woman’. Meet at Lifeboat Station at 7pm.
Thursday’s walk ‘Boats and Their Stories’ by boatbuilder Gail McGarva meets at the Boatbuilding Academy, then moves on to the Gig Shed and the Harbour. She will discuss the boats that can be seen – 11am on Thursday (June 16).
The next day Richard Edmonds, Earth Science Manager of the Jurassic Coast, takes walkers along ‘Lyme’s Eroding Coast’. Over three hours he will point out the signs of erosion and describe the various coastal engineering schemes. Meet 10am at the museum Friday (June 17).
The weekend features Daphne Baker with a walk through ‘Mary Anning’s Town’. Meet 2.30pm at the museum on Saturday (June 18). And on Sunday (June 19) Richard Bull takes a walk to the site of one of Lyme’s early industries ‘The Old Cement Works’. Meet 2.30pm Lifeboat Station – be aware, some rough beach walking.
Museum walks groups are small so that visitors can enjoy them as much as possible. It is strongly advised to book. £3 for adults, £1.50 children. Contact the Museum by phone or e-mail or call into the museum shop.