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World Heritage Site

The seaside town of Seaton is located where the River Axe meets the Jurassic Coast at Lyme Bay. This part of East Devon’s coastline was designated a World Heritage site with Seaton located between Haven Cliffs and the golf course and the white cliffs of Beer. A mile long pebble beach runs in front of the Esplanade with Seaton located on the south west coastal path which leads in the east toward Lyme Regis and in the west towards Beer and the Regency town of Sidmouth.


The architecture is mainly Victorian and Edwardian although there are some buildings dating back to the 15th Century. There is abundance of gardens in and around the town and the pedestrianised town centre offers safe traffic free shopping. There are also a full range of other facilities including doctors, dentists and a local hospital. There is an active local Primary School and Seaton is only a short distance from the nationally regarded Colyton Grammar School. The estuary between the Seaton and Colyford is renowned for its bird life and the electric tramway, a major tourist attraction, connects Seaton, Colyford and Colyton.


Colyton has many attractive period buildings and listed properties of historical interest. There is a good variety of shops which include a post office, a chemist, an award winning butchers, a hardware store, supermarket and a gift shop together with a public library, bank, health centre, public houses and restaurants. Colyton Primary School is in the centre of the town and the nationally regarded Colyton Grammar School is just a mile away in Colyford. St Andrews church at the heart of the town has a very fine 15th Century lantern tower and Colyton is surrounded by an area designated as being of outstanding natural beauty and caters for a wide variety of recreational interests.


Exmouth, bordered by Lyme Bay and the River Exe is the western gateway to the Jurassic Coast and is a very popular coastal town surrounded by Devon Countryside and sought after villages, such as Topsham and Budleigh Salterton. It is only twelve miles by road and rail from the Cathedral city of Exeter, with its airport and intercity railway station and access onto the M5 motorway and A30/A303. Exmouth has over two miles of golden sandy beaches and is ideal for a range of activities including sailing and water skiing. The town also offers a range of shops, a variety of cafes, restaurants, pubs, schools, a sports centre, swimming pool and other activities.