On the Cob


“It is only when our characters and events begin to disobey us that they begin to live.” John Fowles.

It was a cold, grey, October morning in Lyme Regis harbour,


but the dogs and I strolled along anyway.


They weren’t too sure about these wobbly steps


but we enjoyed the hazy view from the top


This is the famous Cob at Lyme Regis, as seen in the movie The French Lieutenant’s Woman,  from the book by John Fowles. I’ve been up there in much worse weather and it isn’t for the faint hearted, I definitely wouldn’t want a long heavy cloak swirling around my ankles in the wind as Meryl Streep did!

Jackie at A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales invited me to join in a share of three favourite quotes. This is one of the ones I had over my desk, to inspire me, when I was studying creative writing.

I’m not going to ask anyone to take part, just anyone who wants to!



22 thoughts on “On the Cob

  1. Excellent photos Gilly, of one of my favourite parts of the world!! (The geology is fascinating, and the fossils aren’t bad either, as of course you will know!!)
    I love the quote by John Fowles, even though I’m not a writer by any stretch of the imagination, I can understand why that would inspire you to write fiction 🙂

    1. Thanks Andy, the fossils can be fleeting recently because of landslides. I find it fascinating that a few miles west the cliff changes colour abruptly. Next to Devon, west Dorset is my favourite place!

      1. You’re welcome Gilly 🙂 That’s almost what I used to say, except I substituted Cornwall for Devon!! LOL! 🙂
        You’re right about the landslides in that area, they certainly are quite frequent, especially this time of the year!
        The reason for the abrupt change of colour in the rocks is partly because those to the west were deposited in a shallower sea, than those of the Lyme Regis area. The abrupt change however, is due to a fault.

  2. And also where Louisa Musgrove fell down the steps in Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I visited Lyme Regis once, purely on the strength of those two books! I’ve read the John Fowles three times and change my mind about the ending every time. It must be an age thing.

  3. I love Lyme Regis, it is a very interesting town, but that Cobb is a tricky one to walk along with no railings and a slanted seaward angle, not to mention those vertiginous steps (oh, you already have). I only walked a few steps on my last visit (also October, but last year) as the waves were crashing over the top! Much better to remain on the sheltered wall below 😀

    1. A couple of years ago I was there in November and some guys were on belly boards on the other side of the wall, I had to leave as I couldn’t bear to watch – idiots!

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