Towns and Villages to visit

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Burton Bradstock

Burton Bradstock, a pretty village of some 1000 residents, lies at the westerly end of Chesil Beach, nestling in the beautiful Bride Valley where the river Bride wends its way to the sea. The heart of the village is still unspoilt with pretty 16th and 17th century thatched cottages clustered around the church of St. Mary the Virgin, the main part of the church dates back to the 15th century.

West Bay

Bay harbour was constructed in the late 18th century and with the extension of the railway it became the seaside resort of nearby Bridport. West Bay is at the mouth of the River Brit and the great mass of the sandstone East Cliff dominates the beach with the impressive Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast, rising to the west.

Bridport

Bridport is a busy and thriving market town. The town has three weekly markets, including a farmer’s market. There are a wide variety of shops, restaurants and pubs. The Arts Centre and Electric Palace play host to the talents of local and national artists and musicians. Bridport Arts centre has a 200-seat theatre, three exhibition spaces and a café and bar.

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Charmouth

Charmouth is a beautiful coastal village and one of the gateway`s to Dorset`s Jurassic Coast which has been awarded World Heritage Status. Charmouth with its sandy beach, is world famous for the fossils formed 200 million years ago, and now being revealed as the cliffs erode.

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Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis is awash with history and at the heart of Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast. Guided fossil hunting tours are a popular way to discover the rich geological history of the area. The unique harbour, known as ‘The Cobb’ was immortalised by John Fowles in his novel ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’. The pretty town offers a wide variety of quality shops and galleries, restaurants and pubs. The town mill and bakery is well worth a visit.

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Axminster

Axminster is a pleasant, unspoilt Devon market town with charm and character. Hugh Fearnley - Whittingstall of ‘River Cottage’ TV fame has a local produce shop in Axminster which sells a wide selection of food items. The shop is annexed by the Canteen which serves meals during the day and is open for dinner Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Axminster is linked in history to the carpet that bears its name. The carpet industry was started in 1755 by Thomas Whitty whose factory produced the highest quality, custom made carpets for the country`s stately homes and mansion houses.

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Colyton

Sited in the pretty Coly valley, the small East Devon town of Colyton has a special feeling. You can wander the winding streets and discover an interesting array of buildings ranging from the 14th to the 19th centuries - including the Old Church House and the Old Court House, where the famous Judge Jeffreys tried the local members of the Monmouth Rebellion. A 600 year old bridge crosses the river.

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Seaton

At the mouth of the river Axe is Seaton, one of Devon’s most traditional seaside resorts. Seaton`s unique tramway runs inland, along the Axe estuary, to the medieval market town of Colyton and is perfect for birdwatchers, transport enthusiasts or those who simply want to enjoy the beautiful riverside scenery. Seaton is gripped by deep red cliffs and has a mile-long beach which is excellent for water sports from swimming to sailing.

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Beer

Beer is a beautiful, unspoilt Devon fishing village. Once a smugglers haven, it is set in one of the most sheltered positions on the Devon coast. Beer retains a strong seafaring tradition. Beer`s sheer cliff coastline is a distinguishing feature of this small town. Beer`s most well known attraction is the underground cave complex, lying hidden beneath the chalk cliffs. The caves were created by centuries of quarrying Beer stone and conducted tours can be taken of this vast underground cavern.

Branscombe

Branscombe is one of the most picturesque of East Devon`s villages and is believed to be the longest village in the country. The village sweeps down along a spectacular valley, past pretty thatched cottages down to the sea. A thatched smithy dates from Norman times, and Great Seaside Farm, home to the Branscombe Vale Brewery, dates back to the 14th century and is situated on the road leading from the Village Square to the beach.

Honiton

The historic town of Honiton is set in the heart of the beautiful Devon Countryside. It grew up as a coaching stop on the busy London to Exeter route and by the mid 19th Century there were some 24 coaching inns. For centuries Honiton has been renowned for lace, pottery and glove making, and although these crafts are no longer carried out to their former extent, Honiton has a number of specialist shops dedicated to both lace and pottery. In more recent years, the town has also become the main centre in the West Country for antiques and antiquarian books.

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Ottery St Mary

Steeped in history Ottery St Mary is one of Devon`s oldest towns. Even the street names, such as Yonder Street and Longdogs Lane, evoke thoughts of the past. The Church of St Mary dates back to the 13th Century and its interior is an excellent example of medieval craftsmanship. Designed by the Saxons, Ottery`s streets fan out from a central hub and there are over 90 paths, which offer a splendid choice of walks. The highlight of the year comes in November when the famous Tar Barrel ceremony takes place, involving some of the residents racing through the streets with burning barrels.

Sidmouth

Sidmouth is a beautiful, unspoilt Regency seaside town with wonderful Regency architecture and a genteel atmosphere. Sidmouth offers beautiful gardens and leisurely walks, clean beaches and local quality shops. Overlooking Lyme Bay, Sidmouth nestles beneath the red cliffs and the green hills of the beautiful Sid Valley.

Budleigh Salterton

Budleigh Salterton lies on the very western tip of the Jurassic Coast and is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Budleigh Salterton is a genteel and tranquil town where you will still find quality local shops. The beach at Budleigh Salterton is a steeply shelving crescent of pebbles, overlooked at the western edge by high red cliffs. The town is surrounded by beautiful open countryside and woodlands.

Exmouth

Just ten miles from Exeter, Exmouth sits where the River Exe meets the sea. Exmouth is a traditional seaside resort, with over two miles of golden sands and an esplanade with plenty of activity for children. At the centre of the Esplanade is the Diamond Jubilee Memorial Clock Tower, surrounded by floral displays and sheltered gardens. Exmouth is a popular family holiday resort.

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