Gateway to the Jurassic Coast
Exmouth stands at the very start of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. At 95 miles along, the Jurassic Coast stretches 95 miles from Exmouth to Swanage, and is a walk through over 200 million years of history, spanning the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous time periods.
Walking the South West Coast Path is an excellent way to explore the Jurassic Coast. Starting in Exmouth, it is a 12.5 mile walk along the dramatic Jurassic coastline, through the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Otter Estuary Nature Reserve (a great stopping off point for a bit of bird watching) and ending in Sidmouth, with its pretty Esplanade, restaurants and shops. There are many highlights along the walk, including standing on the 200 million year old rocks and enjoying the tidal rock pools, mudflats and salt marshes.
Another great way to enjoy the Jurassic Coast is to sail along it. Several companies in Exmouth offer trips, including Stuart Line Cruises who offer a Jurassic Coast Cruise. Sailing from Exmouth, this cruises along the oldest section of the Jurassic Coast, the Triassic Era, which is known for its deep red colour.
The boat sails close to the cliffs for a detailed view of them, and there is also a commentary by the skipper all about the Jurassic Coast, its cliffs, fossils and the wildlife that lives there today. Suitable for all ages, the trip offers excellent value for money as well as being both informative and enjoyable.
Exmouth occupies a shelters position on the easter side of Exe.
Until the eighteenth century it was a small fishing village,like many others around the coast. As such it has much to offer.
The place is mainly residential and owing to its position on the estuary there is little through traffic. The main shopping centre is situated around the stand and the parade and here, too, buses may be obtained to the neighboring towns and village .
Nearby is the dock, Exmouth’s small harbour, to which come ships taken up the river Exe and along the coast, eastwards as far as Lyme Regis, and westwards to Torbay. A ferry also runs from Exmouth across the Exe.
Things to see and do in Exmouth
Aquarium and Zoo
Unfortunately there is no Zoo or Aquarium in Exmouth anymore.