Explore Colyton, a Peaceful Village in East Devon

St Andrews Church Colyton

Image credit: Erp | CC BY-SA 2.0 | via Wikimedia Commons


Image credit: Wusel007 | CC BY-SA 2.0 | via Wikimedia Commons

The ancient village of Colyton is situated in East Devon, and is worth a visit if you have a morning or afternoon free.

The village came into existence in roughly 700AD. It is known as the “most rebellious village in Devon” due to how many of its members joined the Monmouth Rebellion (also known as the ‘The West Country Rebellion’) in 1685 – an attempt to overthrow James II from the throne that ultimately failed and led to the death of most of the villagers who joined.

Within the village itself you’ll find lots to do. To start, why not take a walk through its narrow streets, immersing yourself in the local community and embracing the amenities such as tea rooms, or the fish n’ chip shop for a spot of lunch?

Within the village centre you will find St Andrew’s church, home to a rare octagonal lantern tower that is worth seeing. If you continue walking to the outskirts of the village you will find plenty of fields and open land for long walks alongside the River Coly.

One of Colyton’s main attractions is its historic tramway which travels through the Axe Valley. The route takes roughly half an hour, passing through the neighboring village of Colyford before reaching the seaside town Seaton. Along the journey you are likely to see a variety of wildlife and flowers.

Colyton is also home to the prestigous Colyton Grammar School, consistently ranked as one of the top schools in the country. The school dates back to 1546 where it was based in the centre of the village, before it moved to its current location on the outskirts in 1929. It is definitely worth a visit if you fancy a nice, peaceful walk.

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Chris Green

About the Author: Chris Green works in the office at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs, using his technical expertise to assist wherever needed. In his spare time he likes playing guitar and bass, and hiking around Dartmoor.

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