Seaton Tramway, Seaton
All aboard! Enjoy a family-friendly trip back in time with a trundle on the Seaton Tramway, an old branch line from the coast through two nature reserves to Colyford.
Day trippers with littlies, this one’s for you! When you need a break and just want someone else to entertain them for half an hour, go here. It’s charming and quaint, the perfect alternative to the beach when it rains or when kids are bored of the beach.
Hop on board the vintage tram from the coast at Seaton to Colyford, a three-mile route through East Devon’s Axe Valley wetlands, alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves, taking you between the coastal resort of Seaton and the ancient town of Colyton.
It’s only half an hour from end to end so little ‘uns don’t have time to get fidgety and there is plenty to enjoy en route, with lots of wildlife to spot, from kingfishers to herons, foxes and little egrets.
It gives you a different perspective of the valley, as you rattle your way through the countryside, either on an open topper or an enclosed saloon depending on the great British weather. Pooches can come too and older rellies will love the trip down memory lane.
Locals, if you’ve not been in a while, there have been some gold-star developments, including a new visitor centre and cafe, where you can go all tram-geeky and get the lowdown on the history of trams, plus plenty of opportunity to blitz the pocket money on souvenirs and ice cream.
For the past 50 years since the trams arrived from Eastbourne in the 1970s, they have had three public stations along the tramway at Seaton, Colyford, Colyton. In 2021 the plan is to open two new halts at Riverside Depot & Seaton Wetlands, so passengers can access the wetlands directly from the trams.
A cute and educational way to while away a morning or afternoon.
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