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Six reasons why we enjoy Exmouth's beach more

PUBLISHED: 10:40 30 April 2019 | UPDATED: 12:46 30 April 2019

The six best thing we enjoy about Exmouth beach. Picture: Archant/East Devon District Council/Paul Taylor

The six best thing we enjoy about Exmouth beach. Picture: Archant/East Devon District Council/Paul Taylor

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Its official, Exmouth has one of the best seaside resorts in the UK.

Early Morning on Exmouth BeachEarly Morning on Exmouth Beach

National newspaper The Independent picked Exmouth as one of the six best seafronts in a recent article.

This got us thinking – what do we love about Exmouth's beach?

Here is a list of the six things we love about the town's seafront:

Sandy beach

A summer view of Exmouth seafront from Ocean terrace. Ref exe 33-16AW 3814. Picture: Alex Walton.A summer view of Exmouth seafront from Ocean terrace. Ref exe 33-16AW 3814. Picture: Alex Walton.

Exmouth's sandy beach is a huge draw for many tourists who just want to lay their towel down, slap on the sun cream and relax underneath the sun.

It also acts as giant sand pit for children and has been known to become a venue for beach volleyball from time-to-time.

Exmouth is East Devon's only entirely sand beach making it a popular destination for holiday makers.

Coastal walks

The Jurassic Coast mural. Picture: Paul Strange.The Jurassic Coast mural. Picture: Paul Strange.

Exmouth is not only on the South West Coastal Path, it is also the start of the Jurassic Coast.

That gives people visiting the seaside not only the chance to walk alongside the nearly two-mile-long stretch of beach but also continue up to Orcombe Point and, onto Sandy Bay and, if they fancy a real challenge, towards Budleigh Salterton.

Orcombe Point

Prince Charles unveils the Geoneedle at Orcombe Point. Picture: Simon HornPrince Charles unveils the Geoneedle at Orcombe Point. Picture: Simon Horn

Speaking of the geoneedle, it is one of the places to go for a truly spectacular view of the sea.

Take a walk from the east end of the beach along a zig-zag path which takes all the way up to the geoneedle.

Don't get too close to cliffs though and bare in mind the safety notices around the National Trust site.

Observation Wheel

Exmouths big wheel is being made ready for the coming season. Ref exe 14 19TI 1610. Picture: Terry IfeExmouths big wheel is being made ready for the coming season. Ref exe 14 19TI 1610. Picture: Terry Ife

Here is another place to get spectacular views of the sea. For the last three summers, the observation wheel has been set up opposite the Exmouth Pavilion offering people the chance to get into a gondola and enjoy a leisurely ride up to the top where – on a clear day – you can see across to Dawlish Warren.

Seaside attractions

The Queen's Drive Space in Exmouth. Picture: East Devon District CouncilThe Queen's Drive Space in Exmouth. Picture: East Devon District Council

As well as the wheel, there is also other attractions like the swing boats which sets up every summer.

For children there is the Jurassic-themed play park at the Queen's Drive Space and plans are being made to provide more attractions as part of a regeneration of the seafront.

Restaurant/Cafes

Harbour View Cafe. Ref exe 11-17TI 8849. Picture: Terry IfeHarbour View Cafe. Ref exe 11-17TI 8849. Picture: Terry Ife

There are lots of places offering food and drink on Exmouth seafront.

There are pubs like The Bath House, The Grove and the aptly-named The Beach. Harbour View Café offers a beachside view while stopping for coffee and the 'Queen's Drive Space' has a selection of pop-up food outlets.

There are also many other restaurants and cafes to choose from.

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