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5 things you should know about East Devon

PUBLISHED: 14:27 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:35 29 August 2017

View of Sidmouth in East Devon from Peak Hill by bbofdon

View of Sidmouth in East Devon from Peak Hill by bbofdon

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Here are 5 things you need to know about beautiful East Devon

1. The only 16-sided house in the country is A La Ronde, near Lympstone. The 45ft high home was built for two spinster cousins, Jane and Mary Parminter, on their return from a grand tour of Europe in the late 18th century.

2. Exmouth and Exeter are connected by the Avocet Line, a much-loved railway that runs the 9.5 miles along the eastern side of the Exe Estuary. It’s the busiest brand line in the west of England with around 1.7 million travellers each year.

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3. The cliff exposures along the East Devon coast provide an almost continuous sequence of rock formations spanning the Mesozoic Era, or some 185 million years of the earth’s history.

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4. ‘Raleigh Country’ is the name given to the area from the Exe Estuary to Sidmouth, including the towns of Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton and the many villages in this east part of Devon. The famous Elizabethan explorer was born in 1552 in East Budleigh, on the farm now known as Hayes Barton.

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5. East Devon is home to three nature reserves: Seaton Marshes, Colyford Common and Black Hole Marsh. The areas are rich habitats for wintering wildfowl, waders such as curlew and redshank, plus butterflies and dragonflies.

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