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Springtime is here, come enjoy the best of West Dorset and East Devon

Springtime is a perfect time to visit Charmouth and Lyme Regis 

Springtime in West Dorset and East Devon is one of the most wonderful times of the year to visit

Everything is coming to life and the beaches and towns are quiet and relaxing.

Monkton Wyld Holiday Park is situated on the border of West Dorset and East Devon.  Just three miles drive from our tranquil countryside location you can be exploring the famous towns of Lyme Regis and Charmouth.

With the winter months finally behind us, spring welcomes us with a stunning abundance of beauty throughout Dorset and Devon. Everything is waking up with glorious blossoms and new life is all around us.

Our landscapes, beautiful sunrises and sunsets have inspired many of the great writers and poets of our time

Examples of some of these famous writers include Thomas Hardy and poet laureate William Wordsworth, but the list goes on of those who have taken inspiration from Lyme Regis.

– Jane Austin, (Persuasion)

– G K Chesterton

– PG Woodhouse, (Love among the chickens)

– John Fowles, (The French Lieutenants Woman)

– John Betjaman

For those of you who have never visited West Dorset or East Devon in springtime, or even those who have visited Dorset and Devon. There are always hidden treasures to be found and experiences to enjoy that will last a lifetime.

To learn more of Lyme Regis’s history, a great place is the Town Museum.  Click Here to visit their website

Springtime offers a large variety of activities


How about exploring Lyme Regis and discover your own Fossil ?

Or do you perhaps fancy to learning how to Smoke your favourite things ?


© Image courtesy of River Cottage

Top-Spring-Easter-Things-Do-Visit-Charmouth-Lyme-Regis-Dorset-Fossil-HuntingBe a Fossil Hunting for a Day with Paddy Howe from Lyme Regis.

Paddy Howe, a geologist for the Lyme Regis Museum. Taking visitors on guided fossil walks throughout the year.

Paddy’s fascination with fossils started at a very young age ‘When I was a kid, I was fascinated by dinosaurs because they were real whereas King Kong and Godzilla weren’t. My mum took me to Lyme Regis on a day trip when I was 6 years old. I was hooked on looking for fossils straight away and have been ever since.’

To find out more about fossil hunting with Paddy Click Here to visit Lyme Regis Museum Website and book a Fossil Walk

Steve Lamb from River Cottage HQ will teach you all you need to know

If learning how to ‘Smoke or Cure’ anything takes your fancy, then join the charismatic Steve Lamb at River Cottage. Steve has been called ‘The Man with the Ham’ (although we have not actually said it to his face!) but to be honest if Steve Lamb can smoke it or cure it, he will! With Steve’s expert advice, you could return home to easily smoke your favourite foods in your own home.

The best thing is Steve shows how easy and affordable it is. To find out more about all things curing and smoking.

Click Here to visit River Cottage and Steve’s courses.

Seaton Wetlands in the Springtime

East Devon District Council’s Seaton Wetlands nature reserve is free of charge to visit and enjoy the ever-changing scenery of wildlife.

With nearly 4km of level trails and boardwalks through beautiful marshland and reed beds alongside the river Axe, it is home to an abundance of wildlife.

Seaton Wetlands are made up of three Local Nature Reserves – Seaton Marshes, Black Hole Marsh and Colyford Common. There is also an area known as Stafford Marsh, where you will find the Discovery Hut and hide, pond shelter, classroom, toilet facilities and wildlife garden.

The Discovery Hut is staffed by volunteer wardens most weekends throughout the year – from here you can find out more about the Wetlands, hire pond dipping equipment and have a cup of tea or coffee.

Click Here to visit the Seaton Wetlands website

©Images courtesy of East Devon District Council.

Is Walking is your Passion ?

With West Dorset and East Devon under your feet, you will never run out of glorious and rewarding walking routes for all abilities.  You can walk directly to Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Axminster from our holiday park, with quiet lands, fields and woods along the way.

We have our own 25+ walking routes for you to explore as well as those offered by the National Trust.

Wildflower Meadows at Stonebarrow, near Charmouth

The wildflower meadows on the National Trust’s Golden Cap estate are beginning to bloom and in the spring you have a good chance of seeing the Green-winged orchid in the West Hay meadows.

Westhay Farm was once part of a settlement dating back to the medieval period. The term ‘Hay’ is common in West Dorset and means an enclosure. In this area, the patchwork pattern of fields has been preserved and the traditional methods of farming have encouraged a plethora of wildlife including butterflies and many varieties of orchid. Follow a 2 mile walk, starting at Stonebarrow car park, you can find walk details on the National Trust website.

Durlston Country Park

Durlston is awash with wildlife throughout the year but the springtime brings a heady mix of wildflowers and sea birds, so well worth a visit this month! Head to Visitor Centre for the latest wildlife sightings or check out their daily online diary before you leave.

There are a number of walking routes around the country park, to suit all levels of energy – for an example, visit the South West Coast Path website for a short clifftop walk through Durlston Country Park, a National Nature Reserve featuring a range of important habitats, including seacliffs, limestone downland, woodland, hay meadows, dry stone walls and hedgerows, each of which is host to a wide diversity of wildlife.

Visit the Durlston Country Park website for access information, including public transport starting in May, parking and hire of Tramper accessibility scooters.

Kingcombe Meadows

Take a wander around Kingcombe Meadows and look out for springtime flowers such as Early Purple Orchid, cowslips, stitchwort and cuckoo flower.

Set amidst winding country lanes, delightful rivers and superb, unspoilt countryside, the Kingcombe Centre is a place to relax and be inspired. Drop into the tea room after your walk – they have a reputation for great cake!
Find out more about the Kingcombe Centre and Meadows on the Dorset Wildlife Trust website.

Hambledon Hill, near Blandford Forum

Hambledon Hill really does give you the chance to blow the winter cobwebs away – stride along the ramparts of the Iron Age hillfort for a good helping of fresh air and the joys of springtime !

Once you’ve had your fill of and stunning views across Dorset, lower your gaze and keep your eyes peeled – this National Nature Reserve is home to at least five species of orchids including the early purple, bee, pyramidal, common spotted and autumn lady’s tresses.

Keep an eye out for glow worms and brown hares too as you follow the footpaths that circle the hill.
For more information about this special site, visit the National Trust website.

Discover the East Devon and West Dorset countryside on one of our Electric Bikes

To enjoy the countryside at a leisurely pace and not work up a sweat, how about hiring one of our Electric Bikes ?

We have 15 of our own suggested maps and even a treasure hunt to choose from. Cycle to some of the best countryside locations for a peaceful view, visit a stately home or cycle to Lyme Regis for delicious Fish and Chips whilst sitting on the Cobb.

Click Here to learn more about our Electric Bikes and how to hire them

Plenty of Quiet Beaches and Local Towns to Explore and Enjoy

Discover the best of Devon and Dorset.

Enjoy the pretty coastal towns and villages, stretching from Weymouth in the east, to Exmouth in the west.

Featured here are some of our local seaside towns that are only 3 miles away.  Perfect if you want to visit Charmouth and Lyme Regis.

Click Here to learn more about our beautiful beaches and towns in West Dorset and East Devon

So what are you waiting for ~ Book your West Dorset Holiday Experience Now !

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You can call us on 01297 631 131 or email us at stay@monktonwyld.co.uk