Lyme Regis is that seaside town that you imagine exists but don’t really believe it. Picturesque is the word you are looking for. From The World Famous Cobb to the Jurassic Coast there is plenty here for some landscape photography of Lyme Regis.
Situated on the A3052 halfway between Weymouth and Exeter on the south coast of the UK. This little fishing town/holiday destination lies at the bottom of a steep hill and the roads are narrow. Parking is well catered for but you have to pay for it in the summer. No seaside town worth it’s salt and vinegar would go without any fish and chip shops and here are some of the best in the country. Lyme Regis certainly suffers from no small amount of gentrification but on the whole it still retains it’s historical charm.
The bay is bookended by the Cobb and the east end of the town. There are beach groynes made from stone and can create leading lines. The Cobb itself can be the subject of your photo or a vantage point overlooking the harbour. There is a large park that surveys the beach, providing great panoramas of the bay. Unfortunately sunsets are obscured by the land so are rarely significant enough to include in your composition. Sunrises on the other hand…
The buildings at the east end in particular are very characterful and there are nicely coloured beach huts to add to the scene. You get plenty of locals and tourists walking along the promenade and there is a decent enough night scene if you want to add some people into your image.
With such a variety on offer anything goes in terms of equipment to take. You could be going for an ultra wide panorama of the bay to picking off locals with a long lens along the promenade. If you are into your drones then The Cobb and the harbour itself make for some great footage. On top of the Cobb it can be significantly more windy than on the beach. ND filters very useful here to smooth out the water.
I really enjoyed doing some landscape photography at Lyme Regis and the Cobb especially is a very photogenic landmark. Add to that the character of the town and the Jurassic Coastline backdrop and you have a lot of options. Maybe not the most accessible of places but then again not many of the good landscape venues are.
The best thing about a place like Lyme Regis is that there are many options available to you should the conditions be less than perfect. You should always be able to come away with some interesting photos.
You can see my recent landscape photography of Lyme Regis in my YouTube video Highway To Devon.
Or if you thinking of going to Corfe Castle then see my blog post on there.