The Medieval market town of Colyton is situated just 3 miles from the stunning Jurassic Coast at Seaton. There is a seasonal tramway that links Colyton to Seaton, running alongside the beautiful River Axe wetlands, which is home to an abundance of wildlife, providing visitors with an enjoyable ride and easy access to the natural wonders of the World Heritage coastline.
Colyton’s winding lanes, historical buildings, and bustling market place boast a wide variety of independent shops, cafés, bars and restaurants, making the town a great location for shopping and eating out. Surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Colyton is the perfect setting out point for walking, cycling and exploring picturesque East Devon and neighbouring Dorset by car too.
As a gateway to the Jurassic Coast, nearby Seaton is a great spot for water sports, fishing, and many other traditional seaside activities, including viewing the magnificent coastline from the cliffs on the ever-popular South West Coast Path.
Slightly further afield, but still within a short drive of Colyton, you’ll find the Cathedral City of Exeter, the Georgian resort of Sidmouth, the quaint fishing village of Beer, and the lively seaside town of Lyme Regis. This traditional seaside resort is a great spot to try your luck at fossil hunting, enjoy the beach, stroll along the famous Cobb, or treat yourself to a meal at one of the many bars, cafés and restaurants that line the seafront promenade.
A holiday cottage in Colyton provides an excellent base from which to enjoy the coastal and rural charms of East Devon and neighbouring Dorset.
Established in 1902, Soanes Cycles is one of the oldest cycle shops in the whole of Britain, with over 100 years’ experience. In Colyton, East Devon approximately five miles from Axminster and seven miles from Sidmouth, they have hundreds of cycles on display to suit all ages, abilities and pockets. Catering to all types of cycling including children’s cycles and mountain bikes, their hire service is for those aged seven and up, and pries start at £12 per day with helmets and locks available on request.
Only open to the public four times a year, Shute Barton is a magnificent medieval house and National Trust property with royal ancestry. You can discover the great kitchen containing what is believed to be the largest fireplace in England and take a look at the attic room with its medieval roof structure. The house itself has no facilities or refreshments, but tea, cake and toilets are located at the nearby church during open weekends. It’s a charming place to visit for a wander around, daydreaming about its past. As we say, entry is a bit of a golden ticket as it’s only open on rare occasions, so for more information keep an eye on the website.
One of three local nature reserves including Colyford Common and Black Hole Marsh, the Seaton Marshes can be reached with a short walk from the Harbour Road car park, providing views of the estuary and its mud flats as well as the creeks and adjacent flood plain. It’s an impressive sight at any time of the year with flocks of wigeon, teal, shelduck and curlew as well as other native and migratory species. A beautiful location to really enjoy the peace, quiet and natural habitat, in the Summer Kingfishers are often seen fishing from a perch directly in front of the hide, and a bird table provides close-up views of birds that you wouldn’t find in your garden. There’s even a pond dipping platform at Borrow Pit, it features built in benches from which to enjoy the beautiful views and special adjustments to allow larger groups to pond dip together.
In three miles of unspoiled countryside in the Axe Valley, Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton. Travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves, it gives you an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life, the tram is a delightful way to get to know the area with prices starting at £10 for adults and £7.50 for children.Dogs are also welcome on the trams!
Seaton Bay is in a conservation area within the Lyme Bay region including a mile-long shingle beach sheltered between the chalk cliffs to the west and the red Haven Cliffs to the East. Axmouth Harbour is at the eastern end of the beach at the foot of the Haven Cliffs and the mouth of the River Axe Estuary. There are two bridges, and beyond that an expanse of mud flats that are now a nature reserve, rich in food for migratory birds. It’s a beautiful location to explore with an abundance of attractions including tramways, the Pecorama Gardens, a model railway, and the Beer Quarry Caves amongst other delights.
An authentic 16th century village pub with patio garden and dining room providing an ideal place to visit whatever the weather. Its menu offers a choice of bar snacks, steaks, homemade specials and Sunday Roasts accompanied by a good range of bar dinks including a choice of local traditional ales.
The Kingfisher Dolphin St, Colyton EX24 6NA (T: 01297 552476)
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Very friendly staff and we had a lovely pub lunch. Our dog was welcomed too.
A small, family and dog friendly pub in the centre of Colyton which dates back to 1506 and is one of the oldest coaching inns in town. Good pub grub is availabile for lunch and dinner along with traditional Sunday roasts. Also boasts an indoor skittles alley to keep the family entertained.
A warm welcoming atmosphere and delicious, home cooked food await you when you step into this traditional country pub and restaurant. Located in the heart of the village right by the Seaton Tramway, the pub is family and dog friendly and good-value home-cooked food is available lunchtimes and evenings.
The White Hart Inn Swan Hill Rd, Colyford EX24 6QF (T: 01297 553201)
A traditional 17th Century thatched Devon pub in the heart of Colyford serving high quality pub food and a range of local ales and ciders, amidst the contemporary charm of oak floors and beams. A warm and friendly atmosphere along with varied entertainment and activities make this a popular destination for visitors and locals alike.
The Wheelwright Inn Swan Hill Rd, Colyford EX24 6QQ (T: 01297 552585)
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Very welcoming staff and the food is excellent. Would definitely recommend
Seaton Beach is a mile long shingle beach overlooking Lyme Bay in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of East Devon. The gently sloping pebbles make this an ideal place to take a dip or try your hand at windsurfing, kayaking or stand up paddle boarding with equipment easily hired on site.
An esplanade links Seaton town at one end of the beach and the popular Seaton Beach Café at the other. The South West Coast Path runs alongside the beach and a walk to the nearby picturesque village of Beer is a real treat. Dogs are welcome all year.
A small pebble beach in East Devon, Beer Beach is in a picturesque fishing village that hugs the shoreline. Parking is a little distance away from the beach itself, which is accessed via a sloping road and steps at the east end. There’s one large car park that’s around five minutes away on foot, and another smaller one in the centre of the town. As the beach is such an integral part of the town itself, there are cafes and shops close by, simply by dint of its location. There are toilets above the beach, so it’s got all the makings of a charming day out for the family in the summer, or somewhere to stroll and have a cup of tea if it’s a bit cooler. There aren’t any organized activities on the beach, so if you’re bringing the kids then keep that in mind. Dogs are not allowed on the West part of the beach from 1st May to 30th September.
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Visited one evening. A beautiful beach. You can walk to Seaton on the coast path, if you feel energetic and don't mind a lot of steps. Well worth it due to the stunning views.
Nestled into a valley that reaches down to the sea, Branscombe Beach is tucked away on the Jurassic Coast, and is linked to a timeless, magical village of the same name. Surrounded by woodland and farmland, the area is peppered with thatched houses, a working forge and a restored windmill. It’s a National Trust location, with a number of charming walks and trails to follow, one of which leads to the Old Bakery tearooms. The beach itself is a long pebble beach below the village. It has a large car park close by where there are toilets available, as well as a picnic area. The beach is a haven for fossil hunters and adventurous rock-poolers. If you want to catch your supper it’s a wonderful place to fish for Mackerel and Pollack, although there is also a restaurant close by.
Named after the Duke of Monmouth who landed here in 1685 in an attempt to take the crown from King James II, Monmouth Beach is a large pebble and sand beach that stretches over a kilometer southwest from the Cobb wall. There are beach huts, a bowling green, the Lyme Regis Power Boat Club and paid car parks close by. Meanwhile, for those wishing to have their own exploratory adventures, you can find a layer of limestone called the ammonite graveyard at Monmouth Beach, containing a large number of (you guessed it) ammonites. There are numerous walks close by and dogs are allowed on the beach all year round. There is lifeguard cover in the summer, and all the town’s cafés, restaurants and amenities are within easy reach.
This pretty harbour town dates back to the 14th century, and is sheltered by a curving harbour wall, The Cobb, as its known contains a small sandy beach made famous in the opening shot of the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman. You reach the beach between the RNLI station and the slipway, and there is lifeguard cover in the summer months. Activities nearby include fishing, sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, surfing and water skiing, while facilities close to the beach include cafes and restaurants and toilets. There are lots of walks in the area including guided tours of the famous fossil bearing cliffs. There is paid parking nearby, Axminster train station is five minutes away as the crow flies and buses are available to the town centre. Dogs are allowed on the beach from 1st November to 30th March as long as they’re on the lead, but they are not permitted in the summer months.