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Tide times at Lyme Regis

For anyone looking to visit Lyme Regis’s beautiful beaches, it’s important to check the tide times before you visit. Whether you want to soak up the sunshine, go for a swim, or simply wander along the shore at sunset, the tide times will affect your plans.

Are you planning a visit to the lovely Lyme Regis? If so, it is worth checking the tide times as Lyme Regis before your trip.

We have all the information to help you plan your beach day so you can enjoy the magnificent coastline. From fossil hunting to swimming in the sea, you can make sure you’re at the beach at the right time.

Continue reading to find out everything about the tide times at Lyme Regis…

Is Lyme Regis Tidal?

Dorset coastline

Yes, Lyme Regis is tidal. All of the town’s beaches, including Monmouth Beach, East Cliff Beach, Sandy Beach, Front Beach and Church Cliff Beach have high and low tides at the same time each day.

The Current Tide Times for Lyme Regis

View the latest BBC tide times for Lyme Regis today.

Looking to visit other beaches on the Jurassic Coast? See the tide times for Charmouth, and West Bay also.

Is it Safe to Swim in the Sea at Lyme Regis?

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Yes, it is safe to swim on all the beaches in Lyme Regis, but there are areas specially designed for swimming. From the North Wall of the Cobb, across Sandy Beach, and Front Beach, to Church Cliff Beach, there is a swimming line marked with yellow buoys.

It’s safest to swim between the swim buoy line and the shore. When swimming back to shore, there is often a westward drift, so swim in a little, rather than in a straight line.

You must never swim across the harbour mouth, or in the harbour pontoon area, as motor vessels, yachts and other commercial ships use this area constantly, so it is too dangerous.

RNLI lifeguards are in attendance on Sandy Beach from July to September every year.

View more information about open water swimming in Lyme Regis.

Can You Swim at Lyme Regis at Low Tide?

Family in water at sunset

Sandy Beach and Front Beach are the best places to swim at low tide. It’s also possible to swim at Monmouth and Church Cliff beaches during low tide; however, you need to be careful of rocks and reefs.

What is the Sea Temperature at Lyme Regis?

The sea temperature in Lyme Regis ranges from lows of 7°C in winter months, to highs of 19°C in summer.

You can use this handy site to check the daily sea temperature next to Lyme Regis Harbour Wall.

Can I Access East Cliff Beach at High Tide?

Group of people fossil hunting at Lyme Regis

No – East Cliff Beach is only accessible at low tide. If you’re going fossil hunting, it’s very important to check the tide times before you set off, because the beach gets cut off from the town at high tide, which can be very dangerous.

It is also important to check the weather, and not stray too close to the cliffs at the Spittles, as they can be very unstable, and are even more so after heavy rain.

Is the Beach at Lyme Regis Sand or Pebble?


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There are multiple glorious beaches in Lyme Regis, some of which are sandy, and some of which are pebbly.

Sandy Beaches:

  • Sandy Beach (the clue is in the name…)
  • Church Cliff Beach (mixture of sand and pebbles)


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Pebbly Beaches:

  • Front Beach
  • Monmouth Beach
  • East Cliff Beach

Lyme Regis Weather Forecast


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Always check the weather before heading down to the ocean for a dip. Visit BBC Weather to see the latest weather forecast for Lyme Regis.

Imagining yourself sunbathing, and nipping for a plunge in the tranquil, blue sea at one of Lyme Regis’ beaches?

Book one of our Lyme Regis holiday cottages today to find the perfect base to swim, surf and stroll to your heart’s content. And if you enjoyed this blog, read our guide: Everything You Need to Know About Durdle Door Beach

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