The Jurassic Coast, East Devon & Ottery St. Mary

Mazzard Farm is situated on East Hill, which is not only an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), but also links Mazzard Farm with the Jurassic Coast at Sidmouth.

The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, stretching from Exmouth in East Devon to Bournemouth in Dorset, is England’s first natural World Heritage Site – it is known as The Jurassic Coast. It covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth’s history.

Examples of the stunning features of this world famous landmark local to Mazzard Farm include Ladram Bay, the cliffs between Sidmouth and Beer, Branscombe beach, Beer Head, the village of Beer, and Lyme Regis and Charmouth. The latter are very popular with fossil hunters.

World Heritage status was achieved because of the site’s unique insight into the Earth Sciences as it clearly depicts a geological ‘walk through time’ spanning the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

Ottery St. Mary is a small town, situated on the river Otter, in East Devon, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Cushioned in between West Hill and East Hill (where you find Mazzard Farm), Ottery is a friendly place, offering a remarkable number of shops in relation to its size, most of whom locally owned (and many also locally sourced!). Towering over the town is the Parish Church of St. Mary. A beautiful Gothic building, and modelled on Exeter Cathedral.

The town is possibly best known as the birth place of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and avid Harry Potter fans will know Ottery as ‘Ottery St. Catchpole’, the home village of the Weasley family. German readers of this site will recognise the town from its frequent appearance in the ‘Rosamunde Pilcher’ films. Presently, Ottery St. Mary’s main claim to fame is the annual Tar Barrels event, held every 5th of November. A spectacle that must be seen to be believed (see Links section for more details).

East Devon is, as mentioned, acknowledged as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and also includes a major stretch of the World Heritage Coast (the Jurassic Coast) as classified by Unesco. The District offers everything that makes the South West of England a holiday destination of choice for so many, yet because of its proximity to the A30 and M5, railway stations in Exeter and Honiton and the airport in Exeter, access to East Devon and Ottery St. Mary is very good. East Devon is bordered by Dorset on the East, Somerset and Mid Devon on the North, and South Devon on the West. Well-known tourist ‘hot spots’ in East Devon include Sidmouth, Branscombe, Beer, Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth and Topsham.

Still not sure whether there is enough to do in and around Mazzard Farm, mail us and ask for a complimentary copy of our ‘Guide to East Devon’ (in .pdf). We will happily send you one.