Colyton is an old town with a history going back into the middle ages. A central market place, events, lots of facilities to stay, eat & drink, and just down the road from the Jurassic coast and several excellent country walks.
More here: Colyton.co.uk
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, and repays a day’s visit well.
It has the Cobb and harbour yet for some is too big and touristy for a quiet getaway. But a good choice to have down the way.
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.