Local Information

Local Information

Beer Beach
Seaton Beach and Esplanade with Beer Head in the background
Colyton Town Sign
Seaton Tramway in the Wetlands Park

Ashdown Caravan Park is situated centrally within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as being the perfect place from which to explore the Jurassic Coastline World Heritage Site. See our Local Attractions and Activities page for lots of great things to do whilst you’re staying. 

Away from the site and our own shop, there are plenty of local facilities. 

The picturesque fishing village of Beer is just 5 minutes away. Sheltered by imposing limestone cliffs, the beautiful shingle beach is a natural sun trap. Lively and bustling during the season, there’s a selection of beach cafes on hand, as well as a fantastic wet fish shop, supplied by the working boats that are launched straight from the pebbles. For those that want to get out on the water, there are self-drive motor boats available, as well as mackerel fishing trips and deep sea fishing. Public toilets are situated in the Jubilee Gardens at the top of the slipway. 

In the main village is full of picture postcard buildings. On the main high street you’ll find a good selection of shops, an off license and post office, a small deli as well as a fish and chip shop. There are also three pubs, The Barrel of Beer, The Anchor Inn and The Dolphin, all with their own distinct atmostphere. 

In the village of Colyford, again just a five minute drive from the site, you’ll find Colyford Post Office and General Stores, with Colyford Butchers next door. We highly recommend them both. Just a little further down the road you’ll also find The Filling Station Cafe and Colyford Cycles. There are also two pubs, as you’d expect, The Wheelwright Inn and The White Hart.

Only slightly further away is the historic town of Colyton, which featured in the Domesday Book where it was known as Culitone. Full of winding lanes and historical buildings, Colyton also has a good selection of independant shops and pubs. A little outside the main town you can catch a tram to ride through the River Axe wetlands to Seaton. You can also jump on the tramway from the small station on the outskirts of the village. 

The closest petrol station is just five minutes away, at Tower Services in Seaton. 

If you drop down over the hill into Seaton, you’ll find a good selection of small independant shops, as well as the closest supermarket (Tesco). There’s a lovely 1km long esplanade that’s flat end to end with uninterrupted views out over Lymbe Bay. Again, there’s a good selection of cafes, pubs and fish and chip shops. The main terminus for Seaton Tramway is right in the heart of the town, with parking and access to Seaton Wetlands to be found on the Colyford road. 

And whilst there are some absolutely stunning walks within a small radius of the site, there are some fantastic walks right on our doorstep as well, either into the woods behind the site, or down the valley towards Holyford Woods. Ask in reception for more details.


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