Whenever we go away, we always like to discover some hidden gems and explore the quieter corners that get overlooked. During our recent trip to East Devon, we had the advantage of a wealth of local knowledge in the form of Clare from Flip Flops or Wellies, who recommended, among many other places, that we check out Seaton Wetlands.
I’m so glad that we took her advice, as it turned out to be just our sort of place. Seaton Wetlands is located 6 miles west of Lyme Regis and features about 4 km of accessible paths that wind through beautiful marshland alongside the River Axe. We parked in the free car park that is accessed through Seaton Cemetery (approximate postcode EX12 2SP) and headed off to explore the trails.
As we went during the week it was quiet and we very much enjoyed a lovely, peaceful stroll around the wetlands. We foolishly left the pushchair behind, but the paths were flat and so easily navigated by even the most stubborn toddler. There was also lots of things to point out to keep a small child occupied. It was great to be able to see a variety of birds, plus it’s a good vantage point to watch the heritage tram travelling between Seaton and Colyton.
Although parking and entrance is free, there is a donation box by the car park, also when we went there was a ‘Signs of Spring’ trail which could be purchased from the information centre for £2.
As well as walking, there are many other activities available at Seaton Wetlands. There are five hides for bird/wildlife spotting, pond dipping and picnic areas. Refreshments are available at weekends and an off road ‘tramper’ can also be hired. There are toilets, including disabled and baby changing facilities.