The eight East Devon towns

Ottery St Mary

The East Devon towns for the most part are quite small, which accounts for the friendly atmosphere that you will find here.

Axminster is the most easterly and is a small market town, famous for its carpet making industry.

To the west is Honiton, also a market town but much larger than most of its immediate neighbours. It is best known for its antique shops. Most people have heard of Honiton lace and the town is justifiably proud of its lace-making heritage. There is also a wonderful Clock Shop, which is well worth a visit.

Further west again is Ottery St Mary the most central of the East Devon towns. Here you will find the parish church modelled on Exeter cathedral and some fine Georgian town houses.

The largest town and the furthest west is Exmouth. The pleasant East Devon climate and sandy beaches are a magnet for holidaymakers from all over the world. The magnificent gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site is well worth visiting.

Working eastwards again, perching on the estuary of the River Otter is Budleigh Salterton a quiet town with a pleasant outlook across Lyme Bay.

Sidmouth seafront You can have a wonderful cliff top walk along the South West Coast Path from Budleigh to Sidmouth about 6 miles away. As another very popular holiday resort Sidmouth welcomes thousands of visitors each year to the annual Folk Week when the town becomes a cosmopolitan stage for the world’s best folk music.

Continuing your walk along the coast you will come to the village of Branscombe, like Honiton famous for its lace. Explore the Beer quarry and if you like model trains then don’t miss Pecorama on the outskirts of the village of Beer before you arrive in the penultimate East Devon town of Seaton.

Seaton, like Budleigh Salterton, is on an estuary and enjoys spectacular views of the coast of Devon and Dorset. It’s also the home of the Seaton Tramway and you can take a ride from Seaton to Colyton and back again. Enjoy the beautiful views of the Axe valley and the abundance of wildlife that congregates there.

Last but by no means least is Colyton and like all of the others has its own unique character. Enjoy lunch at the Tramway restaurant and have a wagon ride through this charming little town.

For more information on the individual East Devon towns click on the links.

The Axe valley near Seaton

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