Colyton is an old town with a history going back into the middle ages. A central market place, events, lots of facilities to eat & drink, and just down the road from the Jurassic coast, where you can discover your own fossil.
Colyton makes an excellent centre for exploring the delightful countryside of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and just a short drive to the beautiful beaches at Beer, Lyme Regis, Seaton,Sidmouth, Bridport and Westbay. Exeter, Exmouth and Axminster are also withing easy reach.
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Known as the most Rebellious town in Devon. Colyton was one of the main areas of dissent when feelings ran high between Protestants and Roman Catholics.
Colyton famously supported the Duke of Monmouth, when 105 men marched to join his cause at Lyme Regis in 1685. Visit the Heritage Centre or join a Thursday Town Walk to hear the full story.
Just down the road Beer is a world heritage site and has been voted the Top Picnic Spot in the UK. Fishing boats still land on the large beach which has large areas for visitors too.
The South West Coast Path is one of the great coastal walks in the area, a section starts here. Website.
The larger neighbour of Beer, with similar facilities but more of them, as well as extensive water sports. The Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve is really worth a visit.
Connects directly to Colyton on the local tram, (in season).
Going back to the Doomsday book, Lyme is one of the tourist hot spots of the south west. The quaint and stylish seaside town is also gaining a reputation as a foodie’s paradise with numerous seafood bars, bistros and restaurants to choose from. Build your own sandcastle on the sandy beach or take a stroll to the cobb.
The beautiful traditional market town of Axminster is set on the River Axe within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Beauty and is filled with traditional charm and character. Well worth a visit. More info here.
Bridport has a wide, vibrant and eclectic cultural mix of events, exhibitions and entertainment. There are several types of markets throughout the month, including a farmers market on the second Saturday of the month and a Vintage Market on the last Sunday of the month (March to October).
West Bay, Dorset is a wonderful seaside location for coast and countryside walks, fossil hunting, fishing, scuba diving, river boating, crabbing and much more. Bridport lies one and a half miles inland from the West Bay Coast.
South West Coast Path
The UK’s longest and best loved National Trail. you can walk all 630 miles or have short, circular walks wherever you are.
Local walks include Beer to Seaton, Beer to Branscombe either inland or along the coast.
See the website (useful).
There is also the beautiful South Devon Way, a mostly inland 40 mile walk from Exmouth to Lyme Regis. Just do a bit at a time.
3 miles of unspoilt countryside along the beautiful Axe Valley.
Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in glorious Axe Valley, travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves and giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life.