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.
Seaton is home to the recently opened Seaton Jurassic, a brilliant all-weather attraction that makes for a the perfect family day out.
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.
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.
Where to Stay
Things to Do
At Seaton Jurassic, you can become a time traveller and unravel the story of the Jurassic Coast, whilst discovering the wonders of nature surrounding Seaton. The newly built centre includes a café and is also host to frequent events for all ages, ranging from guided walks, bug hunts, falconry displays, storytelling, educational presentations or face painting.
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.
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 also well worth a visit. Completed in 2005, the Labyrinth is constructed from rock representing the three different geological periods found along the Jurassic Coast.
Need to Know
Here’s some geological trivia: Seaton is also the only town on the Jurassic Coast where rocks from all three of the World Heritage Site’s geological periods – Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous – can be viewed in their natural environment.