A couple of days ago we went for a day trip; we headed south and went to the small town of Seaton on the south Devon coast. It’s situated on another River Axe – we have a River Axe running into the sea in our little village, and sixty miles away there’s another! On the other side of the Devon Axe is the small village of Axmouth, and like our little village it too was an important port in times gone by, with connections to Alfred the Great. I’m not sure if our village was connected to the king, but he would have known it and maybe even visited it. On the other side of Seaton is the village of Beer… we only passed through it on the way home so sadly we didn’t drink beer in Beer.
Back to Seaton; we arrived, parked and drifted into town to find a cup of coffee, which we did, and very good coffee it was at the Pebbles café. We walked along the sea front – the area is all part of Lyme Bay which is all part of the magnificent Jurassic Coast. I didn’t realise, or had maybe forgotten that this area has had people living here for at least six thousand years; there are traces of Iron Age
There is a pebbly beach along the bay sweeping round, and cliffs rising dramatically at either end. We wandered along the prom to the River Axe, and looked across at Axmouth – most of the village is about a mile from the sea so that’s something else to explore another time.
Early season and a Monday, and some of the places we wanted to explore were closed, the museum and art gallery, the cactus house in the park, but we had a very pleasant morning roaming around, and then visited the Malt House for a pub lunch, a very generously sized pub lunch! Something we definitely want to experience next time is the Seaton Tramway, now a tourist attraction rather than a transport system which So plenty to do next time!
We had a great day out, la sixty mile drive, less than ninety minutes away!