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.
A National Trust property and lavish family home, Kingston Lacy was built to resemble an Italian Palace, and houses curious details including an ‘I owe you’ note from a king. The house is brimming with paintings from the likes of Rubens and Van Dyck, while the gardens are a delight for both adults and children. Beyond that, the estate extends to Iron Age forts, heathland, meadows and a Roman road across 8,500 acres. The restaurant specializes in home made cakes and award-winning scones, there are seasonal events throughout the summer, particularly for children, and prices start at £14.90 for adults or £7.40 for children.
A National Trust property, this former corn mill still houses original wooden machinery in its peaceful riverside setting. The mill was rebuilt in 1776 on a site marked in the Domesday Book, but these days it’s all a bit fragile to be a working mill, so it’s perfect for visitors looking to explore the gardens and take in the tranquil surroundings of the River Stour. Opening times vary so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the website before you visit. The property has limited facilities and no toilets, but you can book a tour, which is worthwhile. Prices start at £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children.
For thrilling tree top adventures, complete with high ropes and zip wires, look no further than Go Ape at Moors Valley Country Park. With different levels for different abilities, it makes for a fun and active day out for the whole family. Booking is advised during peak times.
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Get up close to owls, reptiles and all sorts of creepy crawlies at Liberty’s. Highlights include a wide range of birds of prey on display, daily flying displays in the all-weather indoor flying area or outdoor field, a reptile house with snakes, lizards, and much more! Plus a large free car park, and a café and gift shop.
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This beachside favourite overlooking the Avon Beach, with sea views in every direction, serves up a high quality and varied menu, ranging from cooked breakfasts to fresh fish of the day. The new takeaway hut also serves sandwiches and snacks during the day, which you can enjoy on decking right by the beach.
The Noisy Lobster (T: 01425 272162) Christchurch BH23 4AN
A friendly café-bar on Ringwood High Street that’s an attractive, lively spot for breakfast, lunch, or coffee with a tasty selection of cakes and all day mezze-style platters during the day, and brasserie-style dishes such in the evening. Perfect for chilling out with a cocktail on a cosy sofa or in the garden at the back. Children and dogs are welcome and there’s live music on Sunday afternoons.
Framptons (T: 01425 473114) Ringwood BH24 1BQ
A popular country pub due to its lovely food, drinks and location. Riders like The Red Shoot to tie up their horses and stop off for lunch. Real ale fans are in for a treat as the pub has its own microbrewery onsite. Inside is roomy with a log fire burning when it’s chilly. During the warmer months, there’s outdoor seating to watch the world go by. Food is really good with a good selection of well executed pub classics, including pizzas and a separate gluten free menu. Dogs are very welcome with water bowls and doggie treats from the bar.
The Red Shoot (T: 01425 475792) Toms Lane, Linwood, BH24 3QT
Idyllic rural café complete with pigs, cider presses and geese. The menu features a range of tasty lunchtime options, cream teas, and cakes. Visit the shop inside a former cowshed where you can buy apple juice, preserves, chutneys, brandies and of course homemade cider straight from the barrel.
The Cider Pantry (T: 01425 403589) Burley, Ringwood BH24 4ED
One of England’s most busy traditional beach resorts. Plenty of sand, a pier with amusement arcades, shops and restaurants. Also an IMAX cinema and Oceanarium. Disabled facilities and access. Parking can be tricky as it’s always busy, but being close to the town centre, parking can usually be found 10 mins walk away. The beach is also easily accessible on foot and bike.
Boscombe is a popular family beach with plenty of sand, and a small pier with extensive facilities including a children’s play area, several seafront shops and cafés, crazy golf, plenty of parking and a safe traffic free area perfect for cycling and scooters.
A stunning piece of natural coastline featuring a four-mile stretch of sandy beach and views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight. Ideal for water sports, sandcastles and wildlife safari. Designated trails through the sand dunes and woodlands, allow for spotting of deer, insects, birds and a vast array of wild flowers. There’s a local café/bistro and a mobile refreshment van, but this is also the most picturesque place for a picnic.
This is one of the most scenic of New Forest beaches. Lined with some of the most picturesque and expensive beach huts in the country! There’s no parking next to the beach, as it’s a traffic-free zone, but there’s pay and display parking at Hengistbury Head from where you can catch a little train to the sandbank, and Mudeford Quay which runs a small ferry (5 mins) over to the sandbank. Can also be reached on foot and by bicycle.
A picturesque, tree-lined beach of shingle, and sand at low tide. Good facilities on the cliff top including an excellent tea room, award winning public toilets, baby change and a children’s play area in the Castle gardens. Plenty of parking, but there is no disabled access and quite a few steps to get down to the beach. Lifeguard cover from July to Sept. No dogs allowed.
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Lovely clean sandy beach and a really i would highly recommend this spot for your car to break down takes the ouch out of waiting for the recovery truck