Lyme is, first and foremost, a seaside town – and a sunny, south-facing one to boot – so it would be remiss to not spend an afternoon on its shores. Town Beach can get a little busy in the summer months. Instead, take a dip at Church Beach, where rock pools appear at low tide, or stroll the ammonite-studded pavement that runs along the shingled Monmouth Beach (rent this beach hut to gaze out at the tide like a local). Of course, the 13th-century Cobb is the main attraction here. The vistas from the outermost tip of this curvaceous sea defence are fantastic on a clear day, but if the mists roll in, make like Meryl Streep in the 1981 film adaptation of Fowles’ French Lieutenant’s Woman. Want to venture farther? Follow the South West Coast Path 11km west, through The Undercliff nature reserve, to Seaton.