Seaton, Devon

A peaceful town on the East Devon part of the Jurassic coastline, surrounded by the glorious countryside of this AONB. The pebbly beach is about a mile long and it’s popular with families, sunbathers, fishermen, and in the winter, dog walkers; you’ll see people busy among the rockpools, or out on the waters windsurfing, kite surfing, or stand-up paddle boarding, while others contentedly watch the world go by from the promenade.
The town centre is just a few minutes walk from the sea front and has a mix of shops and places to eat. There are walking trails from the town centre that the whole family can join in, or if you really want to stretch your legs you can pick up the South West Coast Path and have an invigorating hike along the cliffs. If you’re into wildlife you should go to Seaton Wetlands where there are five bird hides and a Discovery Hut. Whilst you’re out here take a ride on Seaton Tramway through the marshes; it’s a great way to see them.
Back in town go and visit Seaton Jurassic where you can time travel back 200 million years. Have a stroll round one of the parks and gardens, play adventure golf, and if you’re here at the right time, join in the buzz of the artisan markets, the annual art festival or the carnival.
If you’re feeling peckish try The Hideaway at the end of the West Walk Esplanade; it’s right on the beach, tucked between the cliffs, and is open all day for lunch and snacks. The Wild Caper is delightfully cosy and does delicious tapas, and the Terrace Arts Café is a big hit with vegetarians; meat lovers tend to go to the Shed Steakhouse & Grill. What’s nice on a summers evening is to have a stroll along the seafront and then get some fish and chips and go and eat them on one of the seats overlooking the estuary at Axmouth where the River Axe meets the sea; the tranquility is beautiful and it goes to show that sometimes, the simplest pleasures are the best.

All information correct at the time of writing

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