A Day at Seaton Tramway
Start your journey at SEATON and ride inland to COLYTON, one of Devon's hidden jewels, or start at COLYTON and arrive at SEATON, the gateway to the Jurassic Coast.
Seaton nestles between Beer Head and Haven Cliff and is a gateway for exploring the Jurassic Coast. The town appeals to holidaymakers of all ages with its variety of independent shops, pubs and cafes. Seaton Marshes also provide great places to explore, by the famous Electric Tramway or on foot, with kingfishers, herons, foxes and little egrets to name but a few. Situated at the mouth of the River Axe, overlooking the magnificent blue waters of Lyme Bay. Seaton offers a wonderful pebble beach with safe swimming areas and a haven for yachtsman at the idyllic harbour at Axmouth. The South West Coast Path takes you along a magical cliff walk to Lyme Regis, just 6 miles away.
Although technically a borough, Colyford was granted a charter by Edward I in 1341 due to its accessibility to the River Axe which allowed sea-going vessels as far as Coly Bridge. Today it is a picturesque village with a long main street and beautiful character thatched houses. Each year in September on the Saturday closest to Michaelmas, Colyford holds its annual medieval Goose Fayre.
Dating back to Saxon times, Colyton is a little piece of 1950's England set amongst stunning Devon countryside. The hexagonal lantern tower of St Andrew's Church provides a landmark for the town and there is a host of most interesting houses, shops and pubs dating back to medieval times dotted around the pretty town centre. If travelling by tram, Colyton Station, Kingsdon, just a short walk from the town, dates from 1868 and is well worth the visit, not only for its famous cream teas but also for the way it has been sympathetically restored in the old London and South-Western Railway style.
The three-mile route runs through East Devon's glorious Axe Valley, between the coastal resort of Seaton, the small village of Colyford and the ancient town of Colyton. The journey takes half an hour from end to end. You must alight from the tram on arrival, but may return on any tram thereafter. Open toppers or enclosed saloons operate according to weather conditions. Read all about the Tramway in our full colour guidebook available from our gift shops or our online shop.