Uplyme is one of the largest Parishes in England and lies in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The village itself nestles in a hollow formed by four valleys and a short stretch of coast; the latter is part of the Jurassic Coast and a World Heritage Site.
Historically, Uplyme dates back to pre-Roman times and later the village witnessed stages of the Civil War and the Monmouth rebellion. Judge Jeffreys is said to have tried the Duke's followers at Court Hall Farm. Mention is also made of Uplyme in the Domesday Book.
The present day village and parish has been extended by new housing developments but has still retained its "village feel" with its Post Office and Village Store, pub and filling station, farms, and many small businesses such as plant nurseries, a fudge factory, double glazing, artists, and IT businesses; and of course holiday accommodation.
There are many thriving societies and clubs in the Parish, most of which meet in the well-appointed Village Hall or the recently refurbished Scout Hut. Many sporting activities take place on the King George V Field which is gifted "in perpetuity for benefit of the inhabitants of Uplyme". Parishioners and visitors can enjoy this very special place by following the many footpaths in the area or by walking part of the East Devon Way which passes through Uplyme on its way to Lyme Regis.
The active Parish Council has ten members, who are dedicated to maintaining the natural beauty of the Parish, having input on planning development, promoting affordable housing, planning for emergencies and self-help, and dealing with highway and traffic matters etc.
The Council owns a number of properties in the village: the War Memorial, the garden at Stafford Mount (behind the wooden bus shelter), the Cemetery, and the grass triangle at the top of Church St. It also owns the play equipment and artificial surfaces in the Uplyme Playground, but the land itself belongs to Fields in Trust, under the stewardship of the trustees of King George's Field. It is also responsible for some street furniture: three bus shelters and some litter bins for example.