As its name suggests, Exmouth sits overlooking the estuary of the River Exe, where it meets the waters of the English Channel. The town is the gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and boasts the longest seafront in Devon, with two miles of golden sandy beaches making it a popular holiday destination since the 18th century.
The River Exe, whose name is derived from the Celtic Isca, meaning 'water' gives its name to many places as it flows through the rolling Devon landscape towards the sea, including Exeter and Exmouth. The river fuelled the importance of Exeter during the medieval period, and the estuary now forms one of the South West's most important wildfowl reserves.
The eastern end of Exmouth beach is the gateway to 95 miles of coastline which forms the Dorset and East Devon Jurassic Coast, which provides a unique cross-section through 185 million years of the Earth's geological history. The geology is so unusual as the layers of rock originally formed sequentially with newer on top of older layers, however, massive earth movements have tilted the layers to the east and exposed layers to the west to erosion so that ancient 250 million-year-old Triassic rocks (classic red Devon sandstones) are exposed at Orcombe Point, Exmouth and what follows along the following 95 miles of coastline is a cross-section through the rocks formed over the following 185 million years. The rocks of the Jurassic Coast contain the fossils of some of the dinosaurs that swam in the seas that covered Devon during the Jurassic period in the Earth's history.
As a photo location, the estuary at Exmouth is fantastic for boats stranded on the beach at low tide, and spectacular sunsets reflected in the waters of the Exe.