The friendly seaside resort of Seaton, at the mouth of the River Axe, is a gateway town to the stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coastline, with its impressive cliffs, family friendly beaches, and opportunities to uncover a piece of earth’s ancient history with a fascinating fossil find.
Seaton’s mile-long stretch of pebble beach provides excellent water sports facilities such as fishing, sailing, swimming and windsurfing, as well as easy access to the South West Coast Path which links to Beer in the west, and Lyme Regis to the east, and offers abundant scenic views from the high cliffs.
The Seaton tramway runs seasonally, inland along the beautiful Axe estuary to Colyton and makes for a great day out for children, birdwatchers, and transport enthusiasts alike. Seaton Marshes Nature Reserve, with its newly installed viewing hide and wheelchair/pushchair-friendly paths, gives easy year-round access to this beautiful area, and the wildlife that has made its home here.
The town boasts many small independent and specialist shops, and high quality places to enjoy locally produced food and drink. It’s also less than a 20 drive to the picturesque market towns of Axminster and Honiton where you can get your retail therapy fix.
The Dorset coastal town of Lyme Regis is just a 15 minutes away by car, where you can spend the day learning about this unique stretch of coastline at the family-friendly Lyme Regis Museum, try your luck at fossil hunting, enjoy the beach, a 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 Seaton makes for the perfect base from which to enjoy a traditional seaside holiday in beautiful Devon and explore the magnificent Jurassic coastline stretching into neighbouring Dorset.
Cycling in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a wonderful way to get outside and explore the area. With miles of National Cycle Network across it, it’s also a comparatively easy way for cyclists to explore safely and really get to see the remarkable landscape that the area has to offer. With plenty of rural pubs, riverside taverns and tea shops along the routes to sit and enjoy, it’s a great day out for the while family. The Buzzard Cycle Route in particular (otherwise known as Sustrans regional route number 52) is a firm favourite amongst cyclists in the area, and is an opportunity to explore glorious East Devon on a regional 80-mile circular route around Sidmouth, Seaton, Axminster, Honiton and Woodbury. Some of the route follows the National Cycle Network Route 2 along the south coast of Devon.
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.
Very well maintained and interesting nature reserve.
Super, friendly and helpful volunteers.
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!
A brilliant attraction, great fun, and the most amusing drivers - an absolute must for the whole family!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lovely little tram still going strong after many years! We took our boys when they were little & this time we took our 5 year old grandson. Great fun & we all enjoyed it.
Brilliant! We had a lovely day out on the tramway, our children really enjoyed looking out for all the different trams and ticking them off.
Fun and interactive experience. Our ages ranged between 14 and 71 and we all loved it. Cafe nice also
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.
To celebrate Seaton’s 1000th anniversary in 2O05, the Axmouth Spiral Centre constructed a Labyrinth in the cliff field above the West Walk. A 60ft diameter spiral, the walk, which measures 453 yards from start to centre, connects with the way in which the 95-mile coastline reveals 185 million years of evolution. It has an eleven-circuit form based on a combination of designs, the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France and the one at Saffron Waldron in Suffolk, and as you wander along the artistic installation, you can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding scenery as well.
A cool, contemporary restaurant specialising in, you guessed it, steak. Yes there are some other options on the menu, including some good kid’s meals but the main event is the steak - all local, premium grade beef which is cut and trimmed in house and cooked how you like it with some great sides.
The Steak Shed 4 Harbour Rd, Seaton EX12 2LW (T: 01297 625926)
Fantastic ribs, best I've ever had and great staff that served us. Will definitely be going back.
A hidden gem of a seaside cafe, The Hideaway prides itself on using quality local and organic ingredients to create delicious healthy meals in a light and airy environment. Whether you're planning a family lunch, coffee and cake or simply want some time to yourself with a cup of tea and the morning paper, The Hideaway is a great spot to kick back and enjoy the views. Most requirements are catered for on the varied menu including : gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and child friendly.
The Hideaway West Walk, Seaton, EX12 2TY (T: 01297 24292)
Excellent cafe, good meals a tad pricey.
An 800 year old traditional thatched public house with a great atmosphere and plenty of period features surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside. The Harbour Inn prides itself on good cooking with fresh, local produce and is popular with families aswell as walkers and birdwatchers looking for a place to relax after a day exploring the Axe Estuary.
The Harbour Inn Church Street, Axmouth EX12 4AA (T: 01297 20371)
Great Food, Sea Bass was lovely
Excellent pub with good badger beer, great food and the staff are excellent. Dog friendly pub as well which was a real bonus.
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.
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.
Lovely and clean,
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.
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.
Beer is a very pretty village!, and the beach is an absolute joy
Lovely beach at any time but especially lively on festival day. We appreciated the walkways over the pebbles.
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.
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.
A pretty place down narrow lanes - the village is a must for keen photographers too - loved it!
Superb beach and surroundings. Tricky drive to get there but well worth it.
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.
Great for fossil hunting and dog friendly!
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.
Lovely to see this in sunshine for the first time in several visits. Worth going early to see it uncrowded.