SEATON & AXMOUTH
Seaton is the most easterly seaside town on the East Devon stretch of the Jurassic Coast, separated from the nearby Dorset border and Lyme Regis by the amazing undercliff. Largely formed by an enormous cliff fall on Christmas day 1839 when half a mile of fields fell towards from the clifftop towards the sea, the undercliff is one of the largest active coastal landslide systems in Western Europe, and one of the last remaining wildernesses of Southern England. At the eastern end of the shingle beach, where the River Axe meets the sea is Axmouth Harbour, an important port in Roman times and is still used by small fishing boats today as it has been for centuries.
As one of my nearest coastal locations, I visit Seaton regularly and love the area around the harbour in particular, where the winds and tides change the shingle bank into different shapes and patterns on every visit. In calm weather, the river can produce beautiful mirror reflections of fishing boats and the harbourside houses and in rough weather, waves crash dramatically against the harbour. In the winter months, Seaton makes a great location for sunrises and sunsets as the sun rises next to the red Devon sandstone cliffs to the East and sets over Beer Head to the West.