Lyme Regis Church Cliff Beach


Lyme Regis Church Cliff Beach
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

The picturesque harbour town has an international reputation for its Jurassic cliffs containing a vast array of fossils, which may be found along the foreshore. It is also widely known as the setting for ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’. There are more facilities at neighbouring Front Beach.


There is lots to do here from swimming, sailing, scuba diving, sea canoeing, power boating and water skiing to fishing, surfing and windsurfing. There is a children’s area and zoning for water sports.

Wildlife and Walks

There are walks from Undercliff to Seaton and via the beach to Charmouth. A coastal path guides visitors along the famous fossil-bearing cliffs. The area forms part of the West Dorset Heritage Coast.

What's tested here?

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
Strong winds Strong winds

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at Lyme Regis Church Cliff Beach

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



There is parking near the beach and more parking near Front Beach where a charge applies.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed on the beach from 1st April to 31st October. 1st November to 31st March dogs must be on leads.

Beach cleaning