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Seaton and Colyton

Location

Devon Map

OS Ref: SY 244 899

Last Visited: 2007

Seaton

Even in its heyday the seafront at Seaton was never one of the most attractive, and time has not been kind. Apart from the western end, most of the Esplanade is a desert of holiday flats. It is only at the ends, around the pretty Fore Street/Cross Street area and the equally attractive Axmouth Harbour, that you can see why it was once a popular seaside resort.

The rest of the town seems to have found a role for itself, and is the sort of place you could easily fall in love with. In fact, I think I may have already done so.

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Seaton Tramway

Tram No 6

Tram No 6

Of course the main reason why I, or anybody else interested in vintage transport, would go to Seaton is to ride on the excellent Seaton Tramway. I am, I regret to say, old enough to remember the trams when they were at Eastbourne, and it came as a bit of a shock to realise that they have been in, what I still think of as, their new home for over forty years, far longer than they were down in Sussex.

Inevitably, the track-bed along the old Seaton Holiday Camp branch still feels like an old heavy rail line (complete with two surviving old fixed distant signals) rather than a tramway, but I can forgive them that for the splendid views across the Axe Estuary that the line affords.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • UK Heritage Railways
      Comprehensive listing of all preserved railways, tramways and rolling stock in the UK with links to the individual railway sites
      http://www.heritagerailways.com/
    • Seaton Tramway
      Everything you could want to know, without buying a book.
      http://www.tram.co.uk/
  • Recommended Books

    • Next Stop Seaton! by David Jay and David Voice
      Very readable but occasionally contradicts itself.

Colyton

Location

Devon Map

OS Ref: SY 245 939

Last Visited: 2007

Colyton Lamppost

Colyton Lamppost

The line ends a kilometre or so away from the little town of Colyton which boasts "the most photographed lamppost in Devon".

Iʼm not entirely sure how much competition it is up against, but still.

Elsewhere the town has a fine old traditional Ironmongers and many splendid buildings.

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