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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 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
EX12 2TB
Tel: 01297 21660

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