Colyton

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Nestled in picturesque East Devon countryside, the Medieval market town of Colyton offers a wide selection of characterful shops and eateries, and easy access to the Jurassic coastline.

About Colyton

The Medieval market town of Colyton is situated just 3 miles from the stunning Jurassic Coast at Seaton. There is a seasonal tramway that links Colyton to Seaton, running alongside the beautiful River Axe wetlands, which is home to an abundance of wildlife, providing visitors with an enjoyable ride and easy access to the natural wonders of the World Heritage coastline. 

Colyton’s winding lanes, historical buildings, and bustling market place boast a wide variety of independent shops, cafés, bars and restaurants, making the town a great location for shopping and eating out. Surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Colyton is the perfect setting out point for walking, cycling and exploring picturesque East Devon and neighbouring Dorset by car too.

As a gateway to the Jurassic Coast, nearby Seaton is a great spot for water sports, fishing, and many other traditional seaside activities, including viewing the magnificent coastline from the cliffs on the ever-popular South West Coast Path

Slightly further afield, but still within a short drive of Colyton, you’ll find the Cathedral City of Exeter, the Georgian resort of Sidmouth, the quaint fishing village of Beer, and the lively seaside town of Lyme Regis. This traditional seaside resort is a great spot to try your luck at fossil hunting, enjoy the beach, stroll along the famous Cobb, or treat yourself to a meal at one of the many bars, cafés and restaurants that line the seafront promenade.

A holiday cottage in Colyton provides an excellent base from which to enjoy the coastal and rural charms of East Devon and neighbouring Dorset.

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Soanes Cycles
(Less than a mile)

Established in 1902, Soanes Cycles is one of the oldest cycle shops in the whole of Britain, with over 100 years’ experience.  In Colyton, East Devon approximately five miles from Axminster and seven miles from Sidmouth, they have hundreds of cycles on display to suit all ages, abilities and pockets.  Catering to all types of cycling including children’s cycles and mountain bikes, their hire service is for those aged seven and up, and pries start at £12 per day with helmets and locks available on request.

http://devoncycles.co.uk/

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Shute Barton
(3 miles)

Only open to the public four times a year, Shute Barton is a magnificent medieval house and National Trust property with royal ancestry.  You can discover the great kitchen containing what is believed to be the largest fireplace in England and take a look at the attic room with its medieval roof structure.  The house itself has no facilities or refreshments, but tea, cake and toilets are located at the nearby church during open weekends.  It’s a charming place to visit for a wander around, daydreaming about its past.  As we say, entry is a bit of a golden ticket as it’s only open on rare occasions, so for more information keep an eye on the website.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/shute-barton

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Seaton Marshes Nature Reserve
(3 miles)

One of three local nature reserves including Colyford Common and Black Hole Marsh, the Seaton Marshes can be reached with a short walk from the Harbour Road car park, providing views of the estuary and its mud flats as well as the creeks and adjacent flood plain.  It’s an impressive sight at any time of the year with flocks of wigeon, teal, shelduck and curlew as well as other native and migratory species.  A beautiful location to really enjoy the peace, quiet and natural habitat, in the Summer Kingfishers are often seen fishing from a perch directly in front of the hide, and a bird table provides close-up views of birds that you wouldn’t find in your garden.  There’s even a pond dipping platform at Borrow Pit, it features built in benches from which to enjoy the beautiful views and special adjustments to allow larger groups to pond dip together.

http://seatonbay.com/marshes/

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Very well maintained and interesting nature reserve.

June 2018


Seaton Jurassic
(3 miles)

A fascinating visitor centre where all ages can share the excitement of the discoveries made by local fossil hunters and geologists as they uncovered the stores of life on Earth.   

Click here for further information 

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Fun and interactive experience. Our ages ranged between 14 and 71 and we all loved it. Cafe nice also

June 2018


Very good for children not much to entertain adults, found the attraction a little expensive, looking at it from an adults point of view. should drop the admission prices for adults if accompanied by children.

July 2018


Seaton Tramway
(3 miles)

In three miles of unspoiled countryside in the Axe Valley, Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton.  Travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves, it gives you an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life, the tram is a delightful way to get to know the area with prices starting at £10 for adults and £7.50 for children.Dogs are also welcome on the trams!

http://www.tram.co.uk/

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A brilliant attraction, great fun, and the most amusing drivers - an absolute must for the whole family!

September 2017


Nice day out, unfortunately still building the new building in Seaton so only goes as far as the shed's at the moment (May 2018) and if you time it wrong (lunch) theres no coach to take you in to Seaton! Friendly staff and fun ride, Colyton station is nice.

May 2018


As the Seaton end of the line was being revamped we had to get a shuttle bus to a further stop. The stop was not manned and a large group pushed to the front which meant some people who had been queuing for a while could not get on. Also meant at the tram end some people did not get on the next tram as they got their tickets first. The ride itself was enjoyable and the scenery lovely.

June 2018


Very good value. It would be helpful if walking connections could be made easier to/from Colyford Common and Seaton Wetlands to provide additional flexibility for tram passengers to vary their route.

June 2018


Told by 10 year old grandson "you must do the tramway" and we did. Great fun helped by good weather. Saw plenty of birdlife on wetlands. We parked at Colyton [no fee] and did return journey. Getting upstairs not easy, but try if you can. Drivers most amusing.

June 2018


Good fun for all ages takes you back to a bygone age. Colyton station was really good suited the attraction, not so Seaton station far to modern in design to suite the wonderful trams.

July 2018



The Merchant Tea Rooms
(Less than a mile)

A traditional tea rooms with pretty garden serving breakfast, lunch and a delicious range of cakes, coffees, snacks and cream teas. Dogs welcome.

The Merchant Tea Rooms, Pretoria House, Market Pl, Colton EX24 6JR (T: 01297 552455)

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Lovely cream teas, friendly staff and very accommodating for dogs.

July 2017


Great cakes. Tea served in China teapot.

August 2017


Spotless tablecloths and traditional china and silverware. The menu offers very good food (the Roast Rhubarb Crumble and Clotted Cream is incredible). We visited several times and noted that the establishment is very popular with the locals and, with other tea rooms in the village, it's popularity says much for the quality.

August 2017


We had a delicious cream tea here!! The tea shop is lovely, very dog friendly, with very polite staff and serves wonderful cakes etc. And all at a very good price!! Perfect!!

September 2017


We stayed in Colyton last week and enjoyed lunch at the Merchant's Tearooms. We can recommend eating here and would visit again. The lady owner was very friendly and our pork in cider, cream and sage sauce excellent. Thank you for taking the time to chat and pass information to us regarding the 'fireplace'. Please give 'Crumpet' a pat from us! Best wishes from Robert & Teresa Collier

September 2017


The food was delicious especially the scones. The hostess was really friendly. There is a dog there but Crumpet was so well behaved.

May 2018


Worth a visit, great traditional tearoom with fantastic cakes

May 2018


The Kingfisher
(Less than a mile)

An authentic 16th century village pub with patio garden and dining room providing an ideal place to visit whatever the weather.  Its menu offers a choice of bar snacks, steaks, homemade specials and Sunday Roasts accompanied by a good range of bar dinks including a choice of local traditional ales.

The Kingfisher Dolphin St, Colyton EX24 6NA (T: 01297 552476)

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Very friendly staff and we had a lovely pub lunch. Our dog was welcomed too.

April 2017


Great atmosphere.good food.always busy

August 2017


A friendly environment with efficient staff. The food was overpriced and not noteworthy. We regret to say that ribeye was bland, lacking depth of flavour, as did the fish. Clean and presentable, but unfortunately not worth the money. We would be most reluctant to go there again.

August 2017


If I lived in Colyton I'd be in this warm and cosy pub all the time! The food is reasonably priced and excellent quality. Good selection of beers.

August 2017


Great pub lunch and friendly staff. Would definitely go back.

September 2017


Very welcoming pub, with friendly staff and good food. Dogs welcome too, would definitely visit again when in the area.

October 2017


The Kingfisher is a great pub. Wood burning stove, great cider and great staff.

November 2017


Fabulous food and a very friendly warm welcome!

May 2018


Lovely little pub with nice restaurant area out the back. Great food and friendly staff.

May 2018


Enjoyed 2 separate meals here. Great menu, reasonable prices, really friendly staff and good outside seating in fine weather

June 2018


Very welcoming, food lovely but sandwiches a little pricey. Dogs welcome

July 2018


lovely little pub good food friendly staff and a lovely atmosphere.

July 2018


The Gerrard Arms
(Less than a mile)

A small, family and dog friendly pub in the centre of Colyton which dates back to 1506 and is one of the oldest coaching inns in town.  Good pub grub is availabile for lunch and dinner along with traditional Sunday roasts.  Also boasts an indoor skittles alley to keep the family entertained. 

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Only popped in for a drink, found it to be scruffy.

October 2017


Went in to watch the England game.locals friendly and the bar staff very welcoming.wish this was my local.

June 2018


The White Hart Inn
(Less than a mile)

A warm welcoming atmosphere and delicious, home cooked food await you when you step into this traditional country pub and restaurant.  Located in the heart of the village right by the Seaton Tramway, the pub is family and dog friendly and good-value home-cooked food is available lunchtimes and evenings.

The White Hart Inn Swan Hill Rd, Colyford EX24 6QF (T: 01297 553201)

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Excellent food warm and friendly atmosphere helpful staff, we'd highly recommend a visit

April 2018


Pub doesn't look like much and is in dire need of some TLC, however food was excellent and staff really friendly.

May 2018


A fairly typical Pub menu, ok but not outstanding.

July 2018


The Wheelwright Inn
(Less than a mile)

A traditional 17th Century thatched Devon pub in the heart of Colyford serving high quality pub food and a range of local ales and ciders, amidst the contemporary charm of oak floors and beams.  A warm and friendly atmosphere along with varied entertainment and activities make this a popular destination for visitors and locals alike. 

The Wheelwright Inn Swan Hill Rd, Colyford EX24 6QQ (T: 01297 552585)

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Very welcoming staff and the food is excellent. Would definitely recommend

June 2017


Pub grub? And then some! Staff were friendly, apologising for the wait due to the busy period (Sidmouth Festival week). The food was excellent, hot and flavoursome. If only this was the norm for pub food. Well worth the money.

August 2017


Excellent food and great service. We had two evening meals here during our week and dog friendly in the bar.

September 2017


Seaton Beach
(3 miles)

Seaton Beach is a mile long shingle beach overlooking Lyme Bay in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of East Devon.  The gently sloping pebbles make this an ideal place to take a dip or try your hand at windsurfing, kayaking or stand up paddle boarding with equipment easily hired on site. 

An esplanade links Seaton town at one end of the beach and the popular Seaton Beach Café at the other. The South West Coast Path runs alongside the beach and a walk to the nearby picturesque village of Beer is a real treat. Dogs are welcome all year.

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Nice place for a seaside stroll, we were a bit disappointed that bikes aren't allowed on the paths and that there are dog restrictions. Pebbly beach so no good for sand castles but we had a nice few hours and lunch and ice cream from one of the nearby cafes.

October 2017


Lovely and clean,

July 2018


Beer Beach
(4 miles)

A small pebble beach in East Devon, Beer Beach is in a picturesque fishing village that hugs the shoreline.  Parking is a little distance away from the beach itself, which is accessed via a sloping road and steps at the east end.  There’s one large car park that’s around five minutes away on foot, and another smaller one in the centre of the town.  As the beach is such an integral part of the town itself, there are cafes and shops close by, simply by dint of its location.  There are toilets above the beach, so it’s got all the makings of a charming day out for the family in the summer, or somewhere to stroll and have a cup of tea if it’s a bit cooler.  There aren’t any organized activities on the beach, so if you’re bringing the kids then keep that in mind.  Dogs are not allowed on the West part of the beach from 1st May to 30th September.

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Visited one evening. A beautiful beach. You can walk to Seaton on the coast path, if you feel energetic and don't mind a lot of steps. Well worth it due to the stunning views.

May 2017


Beer is a very pretty village!, and the beach is an absolute joy

September 2017


Lovely beach at any time but especially lively on festival day. We appreciated the walkways over the pebbles.

June 2018


Absolutely lovely so clean and tidy. Food and drink catered for very well three beach cafes. Fishing trips, hire of boats self drive if you wish, what more could you wish for.

July 2018


Branscombe Beach
(5 miles)

Nestled into a valley that reaches down to the sea, Branscombe Beach is tucked away on the Jurassic Coast, and is linked to a timeless, magical village of the same name.  Surrounded by woodland and farmland, the area is peppered with thatched houses, a working forge and a restored windmill.  It’s a National Trust location, with a number of charming walks and trails to follow, one of which leads to the Old Bakery tearooms.  The beach itself is a long pebble beach below the village.  It has a large car park close by where there are toilets available, as well as a picnic area. The beach is a haven for fossil hunters and adventurous rock-poolers.  If you want to catch your supper it’s a wonderful place to fish for Mackerel and Pollack, although there is also a restaurant close by. 

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A pretty place down narrow lanes - the village is a must for keen photographers too - loved it!

September 2017


Superb beach and surroundings. Tricky drive to get there but well worth it.

June 2018


Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis
(6 miles)

Named after the Duke of Monmouth who landed here in 1685 in an attempt to take the crown from King James II, Monmouth Beach is a large pebble and sand beach that stretches over a kilometer southwest from the Cobb wall.  There are beach huts, a bowling green, the Lyme Regis Power Boat Club and paid car parks close by.  Meanwhile, for those wishing to have their own exploratory adventures, you can find a layer of limestone called the ammonite graveyard at Monmouth Beach, containing a large number of (you guessed it) ammonites.  There are numerous walks close by and dogs are allowed on the beach all year round.  There is lifeguard cover in the summer, and all the town’s cafés, restaurants and amenities are within easy reach.

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Great for fossil hunting and dog friendly!

September 2017


Cobb Gate Beach, Lyme Regis
(6 miles)

This pretty harbour town dates back to the 14th century, and is sheltered by a curving harbour wall, The Cobb, as its known contains a small sandy beach made famous in the opening shot of the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman.  You reach the beach between the RNLI station and the slipway, and there is lifeguard cover in the summer months.  Activities nearby include fishing, sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, surfing and water skiing, while facilities close to the beach include cafes and restaurants and toilets.  There are lots of walks in the area including guided tours of the famous fossil bearing cliffs.  There is paid parking nearby, Axminster train station is five minutes away as the crow flies and buses are available to the town centre.  Dogs are allowed on the beach from 1st November to 30th March as long as they’re on the lead, but they are not permitted in the summer months.

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Lovely to see this in sunshine for the first time in several visits. Worth going early to see it uncrowded.

June 2018

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