Activities around Seaton and the Axe Valley.
A combination of stunning coastline and inland areas of outstanding natural beauty has made the Jurassic Coast one of the most popular leisure activity areas of the South West.
Seaton to Lyme Regis through the Undercliff
The South West Coastal path runs through the the Axmouth Undercliffs NNR from Axmouth Harbour to the Cobb Harbour at Lyme Regis.
This walk can be done at any time of the year, in the winter you see more of the tumbled landscape and shore as the leaf cover has gone. In the spring the woods are full of wild garlic and many other wild flowers. In the summer and autumn, its a green jungle.
In April 2016 a new route at the Amouth end was opened bypassing the land slide leading through the Undercliff giving more glimpses of the sea than the original route.
Each year in March, over 2,000 runners set off on twentyish muddy, hilly, boggy, beachy miles of the multiest-terrain running experience you will find this side of the end of time.
The Grizzly run is organised by the Axe Valley Runners (website www.axevalleyrunners.org.uk)
It is number three on the ranking of Britain’s most popular running events just behind the London Marathon and the Great North Run
The Grizzly is different from the London Marathon and the Great North Run because it really does go ‘cross country’ for a distance of 19 to 20 miles, or round about 31 kilometres.
The Grizzly 2018 – ‘May the Course be with You!’ took place at 10:30 on Sunday 18th March. It had been snowing hard for 2 days previously and on the day of the race it started in blizzard conditions. The Axe Valley Runners had decided that the race would not be run around the whole Grizzly course but around the Cub Run route. 1266 took part in the 10.5 mile run in what can only be described as appalling conditions.
Seaton Bay is a mile long shelving shingle beach sheltered between cliffs. The beach can be fished both during the day and at night, with all styles of fishing allowed, including spinning and feathering as well as bottom baiting.
Fishing trips can be can be booked from Beer where boats will take people out fishing for mackerel in the summer months or charters can be booked all year round for fishing off wrecks and reefs in Lyme Bay.
Sailing and Water Sports in Seaton Bay.
Wiscombe Park has its own flourishing hill climb championship where between April and September 2018 there will be 12 action packed days of motorsport.
Hill climbing first took place at Wiscombe House in 1958, with the cars and motorcycles climbing up the twisty and winding single track driveway that leads to the house.
There are a varied selection of events featuring classes of vehicles from modern day production cars to historic vintage cars and motorcycles.
The Stop Line Way – National Route 33.
The Stop Line Way is a is a partly completed long distance walking and cycling route, running from Seaton to Weston–Super–Mare. Once completed it will cover 70 miles and connect Axminster, Chard, Ilminster, Taunton, Bridgwater, Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea.
The route stretches from Seaton Promenade to the Devon county boundary and is a largely traffic–free footway and cycleway. Over half of the route is now open and more sections are being constructed and opened.
From the Chine café at the end of West Walk it is a 2 mile walk to the picturesque village of Beer.
In December 2013 a new section of the path has been opened to reduce the length of the diversion caused by the landslips of 2012.
Enclosed by chalk cliffs, Beer with its own small bay nestles in a valley with picturesque stone houses and cottages built on many different levels.
This cliff top walk has been featured as one of the ‘Sunday Times’ top ten walks in England.
On a clear day, the views across Lyme Bay are spectacular with a blue sea bounded by the red Triassic Devon cliffs and the dramatic Hooken Undercliff.
The Hooken Undercliff is on the cliff route between Beer and Branscombe. A slump in the Chalk cliffs in 1790 separated a 10-acre (40,000 m2) tract of land, now a wooded and sheltered habitat with chalk pinnacles on the seaward side.
Branscombe is well worth walking to from the South West Coastal Path.
From Brancombe Mouth you can walk into Branscombe Village, ½ mile to the lower village and the Masons Arms or a circular walk of 3.15 miles if you want to go to the Fountain Head.