The presence of Tesco in Seaton provides a rather ominous backdrop to the Axmouth Estuary even with its timber pseudo organic designed building but hey ho its there. The Seaton Tram is a better focus for the eye and the estuary is a great birdwatching spot with a few hides to the West.
When the tide is out the birds gather and in Winter light its well worth a stop on the road Read more
Beer is one of those picturesque Devon seaside towns where life is easy and modern times haven’t arrived yet. The beach has enough to keep everyone happy for a day: boat rides, fishing trips, cafes, playground, walks but still feel they are in an unspoilt spot. It is also compact, you can keep an eye on meandering children.
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Where Weymouth meets Portland is the start of the Fleet Lagoon: Chesil Beach rises up along the length of it with water either side. Here are the still active oyster beds and isolated fishermens huts with slipways into the lagoon run along the waters edge. In grey Winter light it feels like a time long gone. Bring wellies if you want to walk along the coastal path here: a great walk with views along the Chesil.
Really wanted to go to the Crab House Cafe Read more
Sleepy Otterton lies about 1 mile inland along the River Otter from Budleigh Salterton, the very beautiful seaside town towards the end of the Jurassic Coast. The Mill is the hub of the village and is enterprising in every way. There is a great cafe/restaurant, a working mill , large gift shop and cook shop, bakery and deli/food store. They also run events from time to time and often promote local arts and crafts. The gardens along the river have a selection of outside sculptures that include a brilliant turf sofa complete with remote control which seems to only show the channel running idyllic riverside views. Read more
3 very very happy small ones…super sunny,flat sand, tide right out so rock pool galore and lots of scientific experiments with sinking sand and wellies. Joy all round. Read more
Its one of those special sunny Autumn days and calls for a big vista and a stroll. Pilsdon is the 2nd highest point in Dorset and the Pen part of its name comes to light when you reach the top ( a steep but short climb): an Iron Age fort which you can walk around the edge of for an incredible 360 degree view. Today the view extends for miles and the Jurassic Coast shimmers in the distance. Complete peace (apart from 3 rowdy children and a selection of cows). Read more
Seatown is the perfect spot when you want to be away from the crowds but still have facilities. There is a pub (okay), a shop and loos. Perfect for a stop over on the coastal path walk. J and I parked at Langden Hill which is on the West side of Seatown; its a super quick and easy walk up to the Golden Cap to catch a view to die for with a 360 degree vista. Read more
Stick East in Exmouth and all will be well. Miles of sand and at low tide the most Cornish of beaches appears; rock pools and fresh sand with not a soul in sight but with a steep cliff of rich red Devon earth.
There is a great walk up the cliff to The Geoneedle either via path from the road or via a beautiful rusted ladder from the beach only exposed at low tide, it must have many an aquatic tale to tell. Read more
There is something very appealing to me about West Bay. It is kind of down at heel on first impressions but full of hidden gems. One of which is the beauty of the towering cliff above East Beach and the vast expanse of beach running east towards Burton Bradstock. There is a short but very steep climb up to the top of the East Cliff and here you walk precariously close to the cliff edge with stunning views to Portland and glimpses of crashing waves at the cliff edge. The Burton Bradstock golf course runs along to your left, lookout for hole no 9 (see photo). The hardy can stride on to Burton Bradstock, the less so saunter back for refreshments at The Watchouse Cafe or Sladers Yard.
- WatchHouse Cafe open 9-5 daily and some evenings in the Summer. Sladers Yard open 10-5 daily.
- Part of the Coastal Path, medium intensity walk
- Not great with very small children (unless restrained!)
- Park on the beach by The Bridport Hotel.
One of my favourite beaches; little there except a vast expanse of shingle to the East and West. Always room to find a quiet spot even in August. Varied walking options: the cliffs for uninterrupted views to Portland, a level stroll along the beach to West Bay for a pick me up or climb the hill to Higher Eype for the delightful Down House Farm Garden Cafe (post to follow).
- small cafe (part of the campsite) 100 m back up the beach road
- campsite has bookable pitches right on the cliff front
- parking just above the beach
- West Bay cafe’s – Sladers Yard and The Watch House or The Riverside for a seafood lunch.