Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis

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Coordinates: 50°43′06″N 2°56′54″W / 50.718227°N 2.94837°W / 50.718227; -2.94837

Monmouth Beach is a pebble and rock beach stretching approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) from the harbour at Lyme Regis, West Dorset to Pinhay Bay, East Devon. It is part of the Jurassic Coast, situated below Ware Cliffs, and includes Poker's Pool, Virtle Rock and Chippel Bay.

Monmouth Beach from near the Cobb at Lyme Regis.

The name derives from the landing here of Duke of Monmouth in 1685 during his attempt to take the crown from King James II. Following the defeat of the Duke of Monmouth, twelve locals were hanged on the beach on the order of the notorious "Hanging Judge" Jeffreys.

Virtle Rock is the farthest islet from the coast in Poker's Pool.


Monmouth Beach is now owned by the National Trust, and is very popular with fossil hunters, as ammonites, belemnites, plant fossils and even a few remains of Ichthyosaur vertebrae fossils have been found here. The cliffs are estimated to be 199-189 million years old.

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