East Devon AONB tourist information

East Devon, Devon

Visit East Devon

The East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) runs along the coast of south-east Devon, broadly covering the coastal region from east of Exmouth to west of Lyme Regis, and inland to Honiton.

(Note: more recently a second Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has been established in East Devon, that of the Blackdown Hills)

The countryside and scenery includes the dramatic cliffs of the Jurassic Coast, unspoiled 'traditional' English countryside landscapes of woodlands and small-scale farming, some regions of moorland, and almost 30km of fine coastal scenery.

East Devon coast

Much of the coast falls within the Jurassic Coast - the stretch of coast listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As well as very scenic coast to discover, there is a good selection of beaches including those at Beer, Branscombe and Budleigh Salterton. Exmouth, Seaton and Sidmouth beaches are also popular - they are not within the AONB but are completely surrounded by the designated region and will usually form part of a visit.

church and village of Salcombe-Regis, Devonancient fort setting at Blackbury Camp

Other highlights / historic monuments

If like us you think no holiday would be complete without a visit to historical properties and gardens we recommend the following:

  • Bicton Park - extensive, and meticulously maintained, botanical gardens in the Otter valley in the setting around an 18th century grand house, also with various children focussed activities and an impressive palm house
  • Dalwood Hill House - interesting small site with a focus on teaching about sustainability and small scale energy production
  • Shute Barton - National Trust managed manor house dating in part from the 14th century and with numerous interesting architectural features

Towns and villages in East Devon AONB

The larger towns within the region include Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Beer, Seaton and Colyton.

There are numerous smaller towns and villages to discover, including Axmouth, Branscombe, Colaton Raleigh, Colyford, East Budleigh, Farway, Kilmington, Musbury, Newton Poppleford, Offwell, Otterton, Ottery Saint Mary, Salcombe Regis, Shute, Sidbury, Southleigh, Uplyle and Whitford.

Larger towns lying just outside the border of the zone (still in south Devon) include Exmouth, Honiton and Lyme Regis (in Dorset).

Beer, Devon

Walking in East Devon AONB

There are numerous possibilities for walking here in East Devon - see local guidebooks for information. the South-West Coast Path (which passes around Devon and Cornwall) also follows along the coast, providing numerous opportunities for walks along shorter parts of its length. (The south-west coast path also continues east along the Jurassic Coast through Dorset.)

Map of East Devon and places nearby

East Devon places to visit