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SiteName: Lyme Regis - Thistle Hill Road Tunnel

Penn Cross
Lyme Regis, Dorset
OS Grid Ref: SY349949

Site visit - 2003

[Source: John Spargo]

Photo:The tunnel portal
Photo by John Spargo

The A35 originally ran through a narrow road tunnel under Thistle Hill, three miles north of Lyme Regis in Dorset. When the road was improved during the 1980's, a new cutting was excavated a few yards to the south west, doing away with the need for a tunnel.

The old road alignment was abandoned although the tunnel still exists and is open at both ends with dumped soil at one end to stop cars driving through it.

The current explorer (1:25,000) map clearly shows the old road alignment and tunnel

Please note: Access to the tunnel is from the western end only as the eastern end opens into a garden.

[Source: John Spargo]

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