As England’s only Natural World Heritage Site, the 95-mile-long Jurassic Coast stretching throughout Dorset and into East Devon is a valued and treasured area. Home to many lovely towns, villages and beaches, it is a wonderful place to discover and explore. From walking the coastal path, dipping your toes in the sea and discovering the independent shops, there are plenty of things to do on your East Devon holiday.
Starting in the East and based right on the border of Dorset and Devon, explore the scenic town of Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb Harbour and intriguing heritage. Its delightful sandy beach and a collection of shops and restaurants makes for a real seaside experience, with fossil hunting and coast path walking to keep both the young and young at heart entertained.
Explore Seaton beach, a classic East Devon Jurassic pebbled beach where the coastal path dips down to the harbour at Axmouth and up again beyond Seaton. Make your way to Axe Valley, a nature reserve and bird sanctuary, for a fun afternoon and delight in a tram ride from Seaton along the river to historic Colyton.
Venture further West to Beer which still has the feel of a traditional fishing village with its colourful fishing boats moored along the shore. Spot the catch of the day being brought up the pebbled beach to the little fish stall where you can purchase fresh produce for dinner. Stroll along the beach or simply make some time to relax in the sunshine – the cliffs surrounding the beach make for the perfect windbreak! It’s not a seaside holiday without an ice cream on the beach and a family photo opportunity against the backdrop of the colourful row of beach huts. It’s the little things! With pretty seasonal cafes, fascinating galleries and independent shops along the high street, you’ll find everything you need at Beer.
Set back from the coast lies the picturesque and unspoilt village of Branscombe. Enjoy a spot of lunch at the cosy Mason Arms Inn and dedicate some time for wandering the streets, home to gorgeous thatched cottages and hanging baskets. Venture towards the coast where you will find a beachside cafe and a beautiful beach. For the brave of heart, the cliff path walk to Beer will reward you with stunning coastal views!
Stroll along the promenade in Sidmouth, perfectly placed for a morning of people watching and exploring the many shops and local cafes sitting within the pretty town centre. Visit the beach with its stretch of sand at low tide or pebbles if it’s high tide and keep fit by tackling the many steps of the unique Jacob’s Ladder at the western end of the town. Reward yourself at the top with a visit to the café for a slice of cake and a gentle stroll around the gardens to cool down.
Based at the start of the Jurassic Coast, the little seaside town of Budleigh Salterton is a lovely place to savour the coast if you’re craving a slice of peace and tranquility. The cheerful and unspoilt pebbled seafront and lovely promenade is a great place to while away a sunny afternoon. Explore the eastern end where the Otter River joins the sea and enjoy a scenic walk inland along the river to Otterton where you’ll find a charming cafe, farm shop, art gallery and gift shop.
Further along to Exmouth lies the first beach along the East Devon coast with its miles of sand, impressive views right across the Exe Estuary to South Devon, and plenty of family fun along the seafront, including a scenic train ride along the River Exe to Exeter. And don’t forget to stop off at Topsham for a great selection of shopping and restaurants.