Back to Homepage Map and list of sites   Site summary list Gallery to follow soon
Haven Cliff


Haven Cliff

Axmouth - Seaton

Beach View  photo to follow soon Sea Discovery Centre photo to follow soon
Ordinance Survey **************

Post Code

EX12 4AA


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.


Site Description
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.

Wheelchair Access
Very very difficult


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
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


Other information
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! 


Nearest Webcam - EXMOUTH Admiralty     Tide Table Links BBC 5 Day Forecast Ordnance Survey Maps back to O.S.  Ref for site Back to Postcode for site


Back to Homepage Map and list of sites   Site summary list