Branscombe Beach in East Devon

Branscombe Beach in East Devon. Image by ALEX GRAEME


One of East Devon’s major draws is the UNESCO World Heritage site that is the Jurassic Coast, running from the town of Exmouth all the way along the coast into the neighbouring county of Dorset. There are many ways to enjoy this spectacular and fascinating geological phenomenon, where the cliffs tell the story of 185 million years of history.


Birdwatching at Budleigh Salterton

Birdwatching at Budleigh Salterton. Image by ALEX GRAEME


As mentioned before, walking the path that hugs the Jurassic coast is as good a way as any to experience it, although from beginning to end (in Dorset) it is 95 miles long, so one is spoilt for choice. Driving along the coast, dipping down narrow lanes to get to the coves and communities, is very enjoyable, and if you want to just sit back and enjoy the view, there are tour guides waiting to take the stress out of driving these twisting roads! For another angle on the coast, there are boat trips running from Exmouth along the Jurassic Coast, offering Jurassic themed cruises.


Feeling the heat at Ottery Tar Barrels in East Devon

Feeling the heat at Ottery Tar Barrels in East Devon. Image by ALEX GRAEME


Of course, there is far more to East Devon than just the Jurassic Coast!  It’s a large area, with plenty to do besides. There are beautiful gardens to explore, National Trust properties, beautiful beaches to enjoy, and no shortage of excellent attractions. Throughout the year there are some fabulous events, such as Sidmouth Folk Festival and the Beautiful Days Festival, both in August, the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival in September, and the Ottery Tar Barrels in November.


Dancers at Sidmouth Folk Festival

Dancers at Sidmouth Folk Festival. Image by ALEX GRAEME


East Devon is a scenic and appealing area, at any time of year, with plenty of opportunity to get off the beaten track and to discover some real gems, including smaller communities such as Broadhembury, Colyton, Topsham and Otterton, all full of charm, history, and stories to tell.