Enjoy a peaceful waterside and wooded valley walk along the River Lim from Lyme Regis to Uplyme and discover history, old mills and wildlife. The path also forms part of both the East Devon Way which leads to Exmouth and the Wessex Ridgeway, which leads as far as Marlborough in Wiltshire. The well signposted short walk is about 1.5 miles and takes you from Dorset into Devon.
The walk starts at Lyme Regis Town Mill a watermill dating from 1340, which has been restored to working order, producing flour. It is powered by water from the River Lim via a leat running along a lynch. From here you follow the path until you end up at the Talbot Arms in Uplyme, passing Uplyme Mill en route.
The path was enhanced in 2019 with the installation of seating and animal homes. Dorset based furniture designer and maker, Alice Blogg created benches themed around the River Lim’s historical watermills. Three seats have been installed along the route, one at The Glen in Uplyme, which reflects the large cogs used to help drive machinery still seen at the town mill, the second at Windsor Terrace, which reflects the millstones used to grind corn, and the third is near the ford at Millstream, which reflects the structure of waterwheels, used to drive the mill machinery.
There are three different types of animal homes for bees, bats and birds which have thatched roofs. These have been installed in trees in close proximity to the seating areas.
The wooden seating together with the animal houses are aimed at encouraging people to stop at places along the path.