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Seaton and the surrounding towns and villages of the bed breakfast dartmoor national park lower Axe Valley offer a wealth of activities for visitors and residents alike. The beach and river provide opportunities for fishing and a whole range of water sports.
Walks in the lush East Devon countryside give access to the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that surrounds Seaton bed breakfast dartmoor national park.
The South West Coastal Path runs along the Lyme Bay coastline which has been awarded World Heritage Site status. There are spectacular coastal views, gentle strolls along quiet country lanes, or walks by the river Axe, Coly and Umborne.
Walks, with experienced local guides, are available throughout the area. Please see bed breakfast dartmoor national park our Events page or telephone 01297 21660 for details.
The experienced staff at the TIC can help to design walks, specifically for your needs, whether it be a trip on the tram to Colyton and a short river walk back to Colyford, or the strenuous walk along the coastal path to Lyme Regis, through The Undercliff.
Whether you choose to relax on the beach, take a boat trip or hire a self- drive boat, this is the ideal area for your holiday.
Many cyclists visit the area, and within two years Seaton will be at the confluence of three cycle routes. The TIC offers a range of 9 On Road Cycle Routes for the East Devon area, which are supplied free of charge. 2003/4 will see the opening of the new Sustrans Cycle Route from Seaton to Weston Super Mare. More information available soon.
With the ancient harbour of Axmouth to the east and the white cliffs of Beer to the west, Seaton occupies a flat site at the mouth of the River Axe. Its mile long beach opens onto the waters of Seaton Bay, and offers opportunities for watersports of all kinds, from sailing and swimming, to diving and windsurfing.
The South West Coastal Path passes along the seafront. Walkers can either head westwards to Beer, or eastwards through the unique 'Undercliff Nature Reserve' to Lyme Regis. In December 2001 the coastline was awarded World Heritage Site status. Further information on the Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Coastline visit www.jurassiccoast.com
Beer is a fishing village nestling in a small valley which opens into a sheltered bay fringed with white chalk cliffs. A brook flows down each side of the main street. There are shops, restaurants, tea rooms, guesthouses and three pubs.
Seaton Tramway, operates electric trams on the former British Rail line along the beautiful Axe Estuary. The journey runs for three miles inland beside the rivers Axe and Coly to the medieval market town of Colyton. Perfect for birdwatchers, transport enthusiasts or those who simply want to watch the beautiful riverside scenery glide gently by. The trams run between the Victorian-style terminus at Seaton and the former railway station at Colyton. The tramway is one of the unique attractions of the whole area. 'Birdwatching Specials' run throughout the season. For more details visit www.tram.co.uk
Adjacent to the Tramway and Information Centre Car Park is the newly created Seaton Marshes Nature Reserve (with public access including a Bird Watching Hide), a children's playground and skateboard park. Sea Discovery Centre, is technically in Axmouth. The centre is on the eastern side of the river Axe, beside the harbour, and opposite the yacht club. This attraction is suitable for all ages including toddlers. The centre boasts a large range of sealife from the Seaton Bay, such as crabs, lobster, starfish, sea mice, sea hens, bass, skate etc. Sample the Seafood Delicatessen, or purchase your fishing tackle from the shop. The town itself has many the small shops - greengrocer, fishmonger, butcher, art gallery and florist - which have disappeared from so many other high streets. The main shopping area is largely traffic-free. The town participates enthusiastically each year in the Britain in Bloom competition.
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