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Axmouth - Seaton
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|Directions and Parking Details|
From the A3052 (The main coast that runs from Exeter to
Lyme Regis) take the Seaton turning and follow the signs for the seafront.
Follow the sea road along the Esplanade with the sea on your right
shoulder. Follow the road and on the hill ahead of you will sea the
imposing Axmouth Golf Club building. Go over the bridge and just before
the golf club entrance take the right turn signposted Axmouth harbour.
Keep to the left and follow the the river as far as you can (With
the river on your right shoulder). The dive site is reached by following
the path at the end of this road.
Parking is very limited and so it is necessary to get as far along the left side of the Harbour, drop your gear and buddies, and then park offsite. As you exit the harbour onto the main road turn right and there is a large lay-by just past the entrance to the golf club. If there are no spaces here your best bet is to head back towards Seaton and find a parking space.
The site is reached by carrying all of your gear along the path, past the harbour entrance and onto the beach - a long trek with full kit! Your shore cover will have to help you.- it may be worth taking a shore cover team.
Although small and narrow Axmouth Harbour is a proper
working harbour - and so is busy and can get congested. The site is quite
a long walk from the road and you will need a support team - however they
will not be stuck for something to do while you dive. There are numerous
fossils to be found along the base of the cliffs and by the harbour side
is the "Sea discovery centre".
The Sea Discovery Centre has a cafe, a chandlery, photographs of the local dolphin pod, local guide books and leaflets, and an aquarium. The aquarium is more relevant most as it features local sea life. There are displays with conger eel, edible crab, spider crab, lobster, anemones, mullet, trigger fish, and numerous other locally caught sea creatures.
There is a coastal walk to Lyme Regis although it is very arduous and should be done on an outgoing tide to avoid getting cut off.
The diving is well worth the effort required to get onto the beach. Deep fissures run away from the shore and this is a good place to find crabs and lobsters. Flatfish can found on the silty bottom. Diving is not allowed in the harbour.
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|Café||The discovery centre by the harbour - Open seven days a week in the summer and every day except Monday the rest of the year. Tel 01297-24774 www.seachandlery.com|
|Fills available on site||no|
|Dive Center on Site||No- "Seaton divers" have been closed for some time now|
|Nearest Full size Dive Center||Jurassic Coast Diving in Exmouth 01395-268090|
|Nearest Pub||Seaton: 2 - 3 minutes from the harbour|
|Nearest Restaurant||Seaton: 2 - 3 minutes from the harbour|
|Wreck / Archaeological feature Details:|
Unusual geography - Site of Special Scientific Interest, and National Nature Reserve - Further details from the Sea Life Centre.
|Marine Life Details|
|Conger eel, edible crab, spider crab, lobster, anemones, mullet and plaice|
|Worth the visit even without diving, a great example of classic English small working harbour, fossils, and a bacon butty /toasted sandwich /coffee by the sea experience - lovely!|
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