Walking, South West Coast Path

A walk along the Seaton seafront, from the red cliffs at the harbour-end of the beach to the towering chalky white walls at Seaton Hole, is a time-travelling stroll through 185 million years of natural history. This is the only place in the world where you can see evidence of three geological periods – the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous – in one place, so look out for fossils in your footsteps.

A major hub on the world-famous South West Coast Path – a long-distance walking route around the coasts of Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset – Seaton has lots of walker-friendly accommodation and facilities for hikers to stock up on supplies.

But there are many shorter walking tracks to be explored around the town and its immediate surrounds too, from paths leading through the wetlands that frame the riverbank to tree-lined trails wending through ancient woodlands like Holyford Woods and historic sites such as the Iron-age hillfort at Blackbury Camp.