Sitting at the heart of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Seaton’s beautiful scenery and natural environment are a joy to explore. Whether you love walking, running, cycling along nature trails, bird watching from one of the hides or a tram, rock-pooling, fishing from the beach, canoeing or sailing…..
if you love nature, you’ll love Seaton!
At the Heart of the Jurassic Coast
Seaton sits in a stunning geographical location at the centre of a hugely diverse natural environment at the heart of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
The Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site, known as the Jurassic Coast, is England’s only natural World Heritage Site. This special place is designated a World Heritage Site because of its incredible geology which represents 185 million years of Earth history in just 95 miles. The oldest Triassic rocks in East Devon are between 250-200 million years old.
There are stunning examples of coastal sea stacks and cliffs, formed from distinctive desert-red sandstone as well as superb striking white chalk landmarks such as Beer Head (c.90 million years) which are visible from Seaton’s beach.
Internationally Acclaimed Wildlife Habitat and Landscape
Seaton’s hugely diverse natural environment includes the Seaton Wetlands reported to be the best place in the country to spot wildlife by Which? Travel Magazine in 2013. Nearly 4km of level trails and boardwalk run through the Wetlands across beautiful marshland and reed beds alongside the river Axe, home to an abundance of wildlife. Seaton Wetlands is made up of four main sites – Seaton Marshes, Black Hole Marsh, Colyford Common and Stafford Marsh. There is also a new ‘Lookout’.
The signposted trails at the Wetlands make them ideal for a peaceful stroll in the fresh air; you can also have fun pond dipping, or enjoying a picnic with family and friends as well as getting to see your wonderful local wildlife up close from the five hides. A wealth of activities take place at the wetlands – download a copy of countryside events programme for details.
Around Seaton the town’s geological, wildlife habitat and landscape have achieved national and international acclaim, with World Heritage Site status, three European Special Areas of Conservation and numerous local wildlife designations.
Take virtual tour around Hollyford Woods, one of our local woodlands with beautiful walks and trails. (Video courtesy of John Buckley, Seaton Town Development Team and local artist.)
East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Seaton is surrounded by the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a landscape recognised as one of the most fabulous places in England.
Safe Haven for Marine life
Just off the coast, the Lyme Bay Reefs provide a safe haven for marine life. The crystal clear rock pools and reefs at Seaton Hole provide tantalising clues to the undersea wonders offshore. The wilderness that is Lyme Bay is set to become one of our most important newly designated marine nature reserves.
At Seaton’s newest attraction, Seaton Jurassic located off the Underfleet, you can visit the giant rockpool and enjoy the tranquil wildlife gardens that combine water play with a space to stop, look and link yourself with stories from the local landscape. The centre transports you from Victorian times ‑ when Seaton and surrounding coastal communities were a place for fossil-hunters, geologists and evolutionists who were uncovering the secrets hidden in Jurassic Coast rocks – through to the Jurassic world of 250-150 million years ago where you’ll come face to face with huge marine dinosaurs. To plan your visit go to www.seatonjurassic.org
SW Coast Path
Britain’s longest and most popular National Trail, The South West Coast Path can be accessed in the town via Cliff Field Gardens, just up from the seafront at West Walk. Along the Path, whether you take a short walk or stride out on the clifftops, you’ll discover outstanding views, picturesque harbours, tranquil estuaries and secret coves.