The Doomsday village of Charmouth sits astride the old Roman road that runs from Dorchester to Exeter and is part of West Dorset, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty with green rolling hills, woods and a stunning coastline.
The coastline is now part of the Dorset and East Devon Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site a status conferred on it by UNESCO in 2001. It covers 95 miles of stunning coastline from Swanage in the east to Exmouth in the west. Take some time out to visit the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre at the beach where they have an exhibition and guides who will take you for fossil walks. Standing on the beach and looking to the east you will see Golden Cap rising almost vertically to 617 feet. It is the highest point on the South Coast and is now part of the National Trust Golden Cap Estate that also includes Stonebarrow. A narrow road will take you to the top of Stonebarrow and a short walk to the cliff edge will reveal the whole of Lyme Bay with the island of Portland to the east and Start Point in Devon to the West.
Charmouth is a quiet peaceful village with a good mix of shops within a small area. The village has two grocery shops, a newsagent, post office, butchers, chemist, gift shops, two cafes and two public houses. There is a large playing field with a children’s play area, putting green, bowls and plenty of room to run and kick a ball about. Between Charmouth and Lyme Regis is the Lyme Regis Golf Club.
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