Located between Lyme Regis in Dorset and Sidmouth, Seaton is a traditional Devon seaside town along the historic Jurassic coast incorporating East Devon and Dorset, and is an excellent place to visit on a cottage holiday. Seaton is famous for its narrow-gauge trams, which run alongside Seaton Estuary and the Marshes affording views of spectacular bird life from the open top carriages en route along the three-mile journey to Colyton. Alight here for a wander through the narrow streets of this lovely Devon town with its local shops and enjoy a traditional Devon cream tea before heading back.
The bay at Seaton is a hive of activity with all manner of water sports, from windsurfing, scuba diving and sailing to fishing, available. A visit to the viewing hides at Seaton Marshes is a must; this nature reserve in the Axe estuary is home to an extraordinary variety of birds and waders attracted by the exposed mud flats that appear at low tide. Witness oystercatchers, curlews, moorhens, herons, Redshank Pipers and many more species of birds all searching for food.
Upping the pace a touch, the ‘Seaton Rocket’ or land train began running in 2007 and links Seaton with the neighbouring village of Beer. The cheerfully-named Lady Sunshine or Seaside Special carriages ferry tourists along the pretty coastal route linking the two holiday villages. The Seaton museum relates the history of Seaton and its neighbouring towns and villages in the Axe Valley, but perhaps a more accessible and thought-provoking history of the village is to be found at the Seaton Labyrinth; a guided ‘walk through time’ created in the village’s Cliff field to celebrate Seaton’s 1,0000th anniversary as a community, and as an exploration of that community’s relationship with its historic natural environment.
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