Exmouth, Devon

Here’s a little fact about Exmouth – the oldest seaside resort in Devon! But oldest doesn’t mean behind with the times and this is a great place to go if you fancy a day by the sea when you’re on your family holidays at Stonehayes Farm.

The main beach at Exmouth is a 2 mile stretch of golden sand backed by the dramatic red sandstone cliffs you find on this part of the south coast. In the summer there are donkey rides and Punch & Judy shows and the atmosphere is lovely with families enjoying themselves picnicking, paddling and making sandcastles. You’ll see younger folk sunbathing, and older folks sat in deckchairs happily watching the world go by.

Something Exmouth is renowned for is watersports so you’ll see people out on the waters windsurfing, kitesurfing and wakeboarding. If you’d like to have a go, you can hire paddle boards and surfboards on the seafront. If you’d prefer a more sedate pace, head down to the marina and board a boat with Stuart Line Cruises for a tip along the beautiful Jurassic Coast.

If you fancy time out from the seafront, go and have a browse around the independent shops and the indoor market in the town centre, have a ride on the Exmouth Land Train, amble around Manor Gardens, or along the esplanade where you can stop for lunch at The Grove or Mickey’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. For a unique dining experience, take the water taxi out to the River Exe Café, set on a floating barge in the estuary.

Another thing that’s nice to do here is hire bikes from Exmouth Cycle Hire and go for a leisurely ride along the Exe Estuary Trail. If you’ve got sensible footwear on, head up over the cliffs on the South West Coast Path, or wander out to the Local Nature Reserve where at low tide you can stroll out over the sandbanks and watch the wildlife.

Although Exmouth is one of the busier coastal towns in East Devon, it rarely feels crowded. That combination of things to do, good places to eat and the undeniable beauty of the Exe estuary seems to have it all wrapped up nicely here. All you need is the sunshine.

All information correct at the time of writing

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