Save The Three Cups Hotel

The Three Cups Hotel

Campaigning for preservation of the hotel where J.R.R. Tolkien stayed and gained inspiration for his mythology. Jane Austen, G.K. Chesterton, Tennyson and H.W. Longfellow were also guests. The hotel featured in the film, “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”. Please send articles to me, Andrew Townsend, at or add a comment. Thanks to David Moss for all his work. Comments are closed at WDDC for the plans to redevelop the site but you can still write to the papers.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

In the footsteps of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis

The Ramblers Association is encouraging families to explore the countryside as a more economical and healthier way of entertaining children over the half term holidays as reported by Sarah Womack on 24/05/2006. Rambling along the Dorset coast can expand the mind as well as strengthen the body.

The Dorset coast forms most of England's first Natural World Heritage Site, chosen for its important geology. Lyme Regis has many cultural associations to provide other intellectual interest.

Tolkien and Lewis were keen ramblers and the countryside they enjoyed inspired much of their writings. Tolkien spent several holidays in Lyme Regis staying at the Three Cups Hotel. If any young fans of the Lord of the Rings books would like to explore a "Shire" which Tolkien loved or even see a "Grey Haven", they would do well to explore Lyme Regis and the surrounding area. However, the experience would be more complete and memorable if, at the end of a day's rambling, one could rest and take refreshment in the same jolly old inn where Tollers himself stayed.


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