The Seaton Labyrinth.
To celebrate Seaton’s 1000th anniversary in 2O05 the Axmouth Spiral Centre constructed a Labyrinth in the Cliff field above the West Walk in Seaton.
Within a 60ft diameter spiral, the walk which measures 453 yards from start to centre connects with the way in which the 95-mile coastline reveals 185 million years of evolution.
Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has no false turns or dead ends.
This labyrinth was made by cutting a convoluted path into a level area of the short grass of the Cliff Field.
It has an eleven circuit form based on a combination of designs, the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France and the one at Saffron Waldron in Suffolk.
The pathway is grass or ‘turf’ with the turf itself forming the path. This path is marked out by divides formed in stone from quarries all along the World Heritage coast.
The stone is laid in shallow channels excavated between its twists and turns.
Two blocks of Beer stone mark the entrance. Ammonites have been set into the lobes and there is a Portland stone slab in the centre.
Next to the Labyrinth there is an Interpretation board explaining the geology of the coast as well as special features of the Labyrinth and how it relates to the coastline.