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Friday, September 25, 2009

Seaton Devon

Seaton, west along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jurassic Coast from its posher neighbour Lyme Regis, is an old-style British seaside resort. The picturesque fishing port of Beer is a short journey further west.

Seaton

Seaton developed as a tourist resort in the late 19th century and many of the town's fine buildings are Victorian in origin. The long shingle beach is backed by guesthouses, B&Bs and the homes of a growing number of elderly people who have retired here, due to the relatively low house prices compared with nearby Lyme or Beer.

Seaton is located at the mouth of the Axe River and Axmouth Harbour was a busy trading port in years past. Now the Axe Estuary is important as a wildlife sanctuary especially birds. One of the best ways to see the birds is by taking a ride on an open-top Seaton Tram that runs past the Axe Estuary and Seaton Marshes to Colyton on a line that was purchased from British Rail after Seaton' rail link was cut in the 1960s.

Seaton Devon

Besides the beach, which is popular with windsurfers and other water sports enthusiasts, there are a number of pubs along the front and Seaton Museum in the Town Hall (Tel: 01297 24227), which opens between late May and October, and has a collection of old photographs of the town. Seaton has an annual illuminated Carnival with marching bands, majorettes and a parade of floats.

For walkers and hikers, the 7 mile walk along the South West Coast Path through the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve from Seaton to Lyme Regis is a joy and takes between 3-5 hours depending on your fitness and walking speed.

Axmouth Harbour

The CoastlinX53 bus service stops at Seaton and connects Exeter, Sidford, Beer, Seaton, Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Bridport, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Wool, Wareham and Poole.

Seaton Tourist Information Centre
The Underfleet
Seaton
EX12 2TB
Tel: 01297 21660

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Devon & Dorset's Beaches Get Busy

When the sun did shine this summer Britain's south coast beaches got busy. "Staycationers" - people who holiday in their own country rather than seeking the sun overseas, obviously boosted numbers on the beaches.

Devon & Dorset's Beaches Get Busy

Here the beach at Lyme Regis is packed in August.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Lyme Regis Bowling Club

Situated just behind The Cobb in Lyme Regis, Lyme Regis Bowling Club is popular with locals and visitors alike. The immaculately kept bowling green has good views of the cliffs above and pleasant breezes from the sea.


Lyme Regis Bowling Club

Bowls has a long history on the south coast with the most famous (though probably mythical) game involving Francis Drake on Plymouth Hoe before the arrival of the Spanish Armada in 1588.

The Lawn Bowls played in the south of England is slightly different to the Crown Green Bowls of the north of the country. The bowls are the same (though not the "jack" - the smaller target bowl) but the green of the northern variety has a curved surface - higher in the middle than the sides. In Lawn Bowls the bowlers bowl in straight lines, whereas in Crown Green Bowls the bowlers can bowl across the camber ("crown") of the green.

Lyme Regis Bowling Club
The South West Coast Path starts just behind the Bowling Club.
Lyme Regis Bowling Club
Monmouth Beach
Lyme Regis
Dorset
DT7 3LG
Tel: 01297 445443

Open 10am-9pm (April-Oct). £4 per person for 2 hours, £3 per person for 1 hour.
All equipment available for non-members. Bowls are available for hire at 50p per session.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Lyme Regis Aquarium

Located on the historic Cobb in an old, wooden harbour warehouse, the Lyme Regis Aquarium in Lyme Regis, contains a collection of locally found fish and marine creatures.

Lyme Regis Aquarium

Run by a local family - the Gollops, the aquarium building dates from 1723 (though the museum opened in 1958) - look out for the 19th century Toll Board affixed to the outside of the building.

Lyme Regis Aquarium

Creatures on display include local crabs, lobsters, starfish and a number of species of fish: dogfish, plaice, dab, mullet and wrasse.

Lyme Regis Aquarium
The Cobb
Lyme Regis
Dorset
Tel: 01297 444230
Map of Lyme Regis Aquarium

Open between March and October from 10am-5pm. Also open in the February half term period. Adults £5.00, Seniors £4.50, Children £4.50.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Harbour Inn Lyme Regis Dorset

One of the most popular pubs on the sea front at Lyme Regis is the Harbour Inn.

Good beer, good food and an excellent place for people-watching.

Fish is a specialty on the menu.

Harbour Inn Lyme Regis

Harbour Inn
The Cobb
Marine Parade
Lyme Regis
Dorset DT7 3JF
Tel: 08721 077 077

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Haldon Forest Park

Run by the Forestry Commission Haldon Forest Park, just north of Chudleigh on the A38, offers walking trails, the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World and the high wire adventure course "Go Ape!" There are also cycling trails with bikes for hire, horse riding and The Ridge Cafe serving organic food and drinks.

Haldon Forest Park

Walking trails in Haldon Forest Park include the gentle 2.5km Play Trail, the 5km Butterfly Trail, the 4km Tree Trail and the 2.5km Mamhead Sensory Trail.

Haldon Forest Park

The "Go Ape!" experience offers rope bridges and high wire swings through the forest attached to a harness. For more information see goape.co.uk

Go Ape, Haldon Forest Park


Haldon Forest Park
Kennford
Exeter
Devon EX6 7XR
Tel: 01392 834251

Access

The nearest bus stop to Haldon Forest is half a mile from Belvedere Tower. Take the 360 bus from Exeter. If coming by bicycle take the A38 Cycle Way and turn off at the racecourse. All day parking is 1.50 GBP for cars.

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