EVER since I was a little girl, my family have described me as a “beach bum”. Growing up in Lyme Regis, I wanted to spend every spare minute on the beach.
My older brother and sister never seemed so keen and I couldn’t understand why, but fortunately my friends shared my love of sand, sea and sunshine, and every school holiday would be spent on the seafront.
Sandcastles, swimming, ice creams and the arcade – what else did we need?
Quite the opposite, a country girl is something I’ve never been described as, but this summer, with such big crowds descending on Lyme and no major events for me to cover on the seafront, I have found myself escaping for a little bit of peace and quiet in neighbouring Uplyme more and more frequently.
During lockdown I made the most of the local countryside, exploring woodlands, quiet lanes and footpaths around Uplyme that I had never trodden before. And even as restrictions were lifted, the pull of idyllic Uplyme has kept me away from the beach this summer.
The Talbot Arms in Uplyme has implemented some of the best COVID safety measures I have seen in the local area, while still offering a warm welcome to all.
With their expansive beer garden and sunny paddock, the village pub has quickly become a favourite summer haunt for my friends and I, with many a bottle of prosecco popped in what we have affectionately come to know as ‘The Pod’ – that’s the new, wooden snug in the garden.
We have also spent many summer afternoons at Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club, supporting the team through their sensational season, which has seen them undefeated in their league fixtures and heading to the semi-finals against Feniton tomorrow (Saturday).
And we’ve not been the only ones; the cricket club has attracted some record crowds this season, thanks in no small part to Tyler Wellman’s incredible performance hitting three consecutive centuries.
I even popped out to Venlake with Dad for the recent Bass Bottle clash between Uplyme and Lyme Regis. Now, I may have spent my summer across the Devon border but, you know what they say – “once a Seasider, always a Seasider” – so of course I was cheering for Lyme during this feisty match.
Football will soon be returning to the Davey Fort in Lyme Regis, with the club having made the most of lockdown by widening its pitch, improving car parking facilities and generally giving the site a spruce up. We can’t wait to welcome back supporters!
So I guess I’ll be spending more time on my old stomping ground now that summer is coming to a close, and if major events and festivals return next year I’ll be back on the beach with my camera.
Nevertheless, I’ll always think of Uplyme with a little more fondness after our summer ‘out in the sticks’, and I’m sure I’ll still pop to the Talbot for a prosecco or two!