Following on from the success last year in drawing in nearly £60,000 from the Coastal Revival Fund, the Coastal Community Team have been awarded £274,000 to create the Lyme Regis Trail Link - an artist inspired trail connecting the Town Mill and Uplyme village. In addition, the CCT will share £396,000 to deliver our local element of four other projects including The West Dorset Welcome Project enhancing our coastal paths, Digital Connectivity to provide WiFi on the seafront in Lyme, Community Art Installations to reduce the amount of ‘left behind’ food and litter on our beaches and Connecting Coast through Activities which will further develop Dorset’s iCoast website to provide a more cohesive offer for visitors and better support the local economy.
The public footpath that runs from the Town Mill to Uplyme Village Hall in Lyme Regis is a well utilised footpath all year round, but provides difficult and limited access for the elderly, wheelchair users and families with pushchairs/infants. Moreover, it links with the permanent sculpture trail in Lyme, the South West Coast path, and a number of other local walking routes and will encourage visitors to explore Lyme whilst providing an attractive and inspiring environment for locals. Lyme Regis and Charmouth CCT collaborated with Dorset Coastal Community Team (DCCT), led by the Dorset Coast Forum, who submitted the overall bid and were awarded £5.6 million to deliver the Dorset Coastal Connections – People and Places project.