Seaton (Devon)

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Seaton Bay
Seaton Bay
Coordinates 50 ° 42 ′  N , 3 ° 5 ′  W Coordinates: 50 ° 42 ′  N , 3 ° 5 ′  W
Seaton (England)
Residents 7111
ZIP code section EX12
prefix 1297
Part of the country England
region South West England
Shire county Devon
District East Devon

Seaton is a village on the south coast of England in the county of Devon . It belongs to the District East Devon and counted 7,111 inhabitants in of 2004.


Seaton is on the English Channel coast , west of the mouth of the River Ax , with red cliffs on one side and white cliffs on the other. The place is about 37 kilometers east of the city of Exeter , 15 kilometers east of Sidmouth and about 12 kilometers west of Lyme Regis .


A farming village existed here 4,000 years before the Romans, and there were four Iron Age hill castles nearby.

The original Anglo-Saxon settlement was named Fluta or Fleet and was apparently renamed in the 13th century. Seaton experienced the beginning of modern times as a quiet fishing village before it was discovered for tourism in the 19th century.

The village

The place has a wide pebble beach and a small harbor at the mouth of the river. In the Ax Valley , the Seaton Tramway runs inland to Colyton , an attraction for tourists and day trippers.


The coast of East Devon and Dorset are among the natural wonders of the world. From Orcombe Point to Old Harry Rocks there is a 155 kilometer stretch of coastline, which was the first natural landscape in England to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Seaton is a "gateway town" to the so-called Jurassic Coast .

The rock layers along the Jurassic Coast tilted slightly to the east. That is why the oldest part of the coast is found in the western area, progressively younger rock forms the cliffs further east. The natural revelations along the coast reveal a continuous sequence of geological structures formed in the Triassic , Jurassic and Cretaceous periods and present around 185 million years of geological history.

Web links

Commons : Seaton (Devon)  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Dorset and East Devon Coast . UNESCO World Heritage Center. 2001. Retrieved October 19, 2010.