Much of East Devon's coast and countryside is classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The county town is Exeter. Also, some of Britain's most fertile grassland lies in East Devon, which is why much of Devon's famous cream is produced from cattle grazing by the River Axe meadows. The Rivers Otter and Sid are popular fishing spots.
The resorts along the coast of East Devon are for holiday makers searching for the somewhat quieter pleasures that being by the sea can provide.
East Devon also has an association with famous men of history, including Sir Walter Raleigh who was born near East Budleigh; the first Duke of Marlborough, born near Axminster and ancestor of Sir Winston Churchill. Also the Drake family who owned land in the region.
The World Heritage Triassic Coast
Many of the cliffs in the western part of East Devon are red, due to the presence of iron. In contrast, further east towards Beer these change to sandstone and white chalk. East Devon's coastline dates back to the Triassic period. As the rocks gently tilt downwards to the east, the oldest cliffs are near Exmouth at Orcombe Rocks and are about 240 million years old. The youngest are east of Seaton at about 200 million years old. During this Triassic period vast deserts covered the area and giant sea reptiles ruled supreme.
Devon wasn't where it is now, but instead close to the equator and enjoying Bahama style tropical weather. Tropical sea flooding of the land and land mass shifts pushed Devon to where it is today. The Ice Age followed with huge glaziers forming to gouge out valleys and reshape the land profile, including East Devon's cliffs, though they weren't by the sea...yet. During the ultimate thaw around 10 thousand years ago, sea levels rose and flooded the low lying land, thus forming the North Sea and English Channel. Britain was suddenly cut off from mainland Europe, trapping animals and humans on our island.
Towns & Villages
Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Branscombe, Beer, Seaton, Axmouth