The popular coastal resort of Seaton lies just to the west of the Axe estuary, one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of East Devon. The town’s mile-long beach is mostly shingle, and is excellent for a wide variety of watersports from swimming to sailing, diving and windsurfing.
The picturesque ancient harbour of Axmouth is a 10 minute walk to the east, while the pretty village of Axmouth itself lies about a kilometre inland.
Seaton also makes a brilliant starting point for exploring the nearby Undercliffs Reserve.
How to Get There
The Jurassic Coaster bus service runs through Seaton, and the nearest railway station is at Axminster, seven miles to the north. A regular bus service connects Seaton with Axminster.
By road, Seaton and Axmouth are signposted from the A3052.
One of the most popular attractions in Seaton is the Tramway, which runs inland along the Axe estuary to the medieval market town of Colyton.
The tram journey is a wonderful excursion for birdwatchers, transport enthusiasts or those who simply want to watch the beautiful riverside scenery gliding by.
The Tramway’s popular Dinosaur Train sessions are occasionally paired with a fossil and activity display from the Jurassic Coast Trust at Colyton station.
Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve
Sitting alongside the Tramway’s Seaton Terminus is the Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve.
The recent installation of a viewing hide and wheelchair-friendly paths means this beautiful area and its wildlife – wildfowl and wading birds in winter; dragonflies and butterflies in summer – are now easily accessible all year round.
The unique Seaton Labyrinth at Cliff Field, overlooking the bay and Beer cliffs, is well worth a visit. Completed in 2005, the Labyrinth is constructed from rock representing the three different geological periods found along the Jurassic Coast.