The Jurassic Coast

Lyme Regis

Twistgates Farm Cottages nestle in the beautiful unspoilt Devonshire countryside with views of rolling hills and surrounded by green fields with many walks straight from the front door, BUT … just a short car ride away takes you to the Jurassic Coast, a World Class Heritage Site, with Lyme Regis and Sidmouth about 30 minutes from us.

Whatever the season the little towns and villages dotted along this coastline are well worth exploring whether you want to just sit on a beach and make a day of it, take them in as part of a walk along the South West Coast Path or simply discover their unique charms and quirks.

Read on for a little taster of some of the coastal places that are our favourites.

Lyme Regis, well known for the Cobb curving around the harbour, is a very attractive town and has a part sandy beach. Mary Anning, the palaeontologist, lived here and if, like her, fossils are something that you are interested in make your way to neighbouring Charmouth, where you can hunt for them along the beach.

The South West Coast path winds its way through Seatown, Beer and Branscombe, each with their own charm. Seatown has a good pub on the sea front with fabulous views of Golden Cap. Beer high street runs down to the beach where you’ll find some fishing boats. Branscombe, which claims to be the longest village in the country, is not only very pretty but has a fascinating church with much history.

Seaton, not to be confused with Seatown, is worth investigating not just for the beach but also the tram station where the line runs between there and Colyton. A ride in an open top tram is great fun for all ages and provides an excellent viewing point for the many species of birds that live on the marshes (you can buy a ticket that allows you to get on and off at designated spots and have a wander around).

Sidmouth is the grandest and largest of the towns with echoes of bygone Regency times when it was a fashionable place to visit and take in the sea air. It hosts the annual Folk Festival and has a part sandy beach; one way to access that particular stretch is via Jacobs Ladder, the name comes from the series of wooden steps from the road to the beach.

A little further along the coast Budleigh Salterton feels like stepping back in time with it’s mix of colourful beach huts and a buzzing little high street and finally on to Exmouth beach – this is a very long sandy beach with plenty of parking meaning that it’s one hop, skip and a jump for a dog from boot to beach!

Book a holiday where you can enjoy the best of both, coast and countryside, from Twistgates Farm Cottages.  Our self catering holiday cottages give you the freedom to wake up in the heart of the country, spend your day by the sea and then return to a comfortable cottage to mull over on your adventures.

Click on the BOOK tab at the top of the page or phone Suzanne on 01404 861173