|ZIP code section||EX12|
|Part of the country||England|
|region||South West England|
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 .
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 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.
- Seaton Town Council , official website (English)
- Dorset and East Devon Coast . UNESCO World Heritage Center. 2001. Retrieved October 19, 2010.