The Hensleigh is a delightful family-run guest house near the sea and world famous Jurassic cliffs of West Dorset. Charmouth is located in West Dorset's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, It is a tranquil village with 34 listed buildings and population of 1000. It lies in the valley of the River Char in the south west corner of Dorset at the heart of the Lyme Bay coastline, which is England's first natural World Heritage Site. Coastal hills rise steeply either side of the valley, with Golden Cap to the east being the highest point (617 ft) on the south coast. To the west is Black Ven, one of the largest landslips in Europe. Their geological and ecological aspects make them Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The Jurassic limestone cliffs are continually eroding, revealing fine fossils as well as creating diverse habitats for rare plants and animals. Visitors from all over the world visit Charmouth for its natural heritage, as well as schools, education groups and universities.
The Hensleigh in Charmouth is an ideal location for seeing the delights of West Dorset.
Places to visit
The hotel makes an ideal base for walking and fossil hunting. There are many interesting towns and over 150 villages nearby in West Dorset, both on the coast and inland.
For lovers of gardens, Forde Abbey, Mapperton and Abbotsbury are all within easy reach. , For shoppers, Lyme Regis and the Cobb, elegant Sidmouth and Honiton's many antique shops are also close at hand.
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