A small fishing village until the early 18th Century, Exmouth, as its name suggests, lies at the mouth of the River Exe. Thanks to its position with splendid sandy beaches and beautiful surrounding coastal scenery, the village eventually became one of the earliest seaside resorts in Devon, and these days offers all the facilities that a visitor is looking for when taking their classic English beach holiday.
With two miles of golden sandy beaches and a broad, open esplanade, Exmouth justifies its identity as a popular seaside resort. The town has two notable beginnings here that visitors are drawn to – firstly, this is where the 90 mile stretch of UNESCO World Heritage designated coastline known as the Jurassic Coast starts; secondly, the 40 mile long East Devon Way commences here, eventually delivering the walker to the town of Lyme Regis at the other end of this fabulous trail.
Trips up the River Exe and sea cruises are available from Exmouth, and just north of the town is the unusual sixteen sided A La Ronde, a National Trust property that was built in 1795 by two eccentric cousins, Jane and Mary Parminter.