Explore Axminster & the surrounding area from Hawkchurch Resort & Spa
Hawkchurch Resort & Spa is located on the Devon-Dorset boarder, close to the ancient town of Axminster and the charming fishing town of Lyme Regis. For holiday breaks in Devon, Hawkchurch is the perfect destination to explore and lose yourself in nature.
Recommended Local Attractions
Hawkchurch – charming church village
Hawkchurch, Devon is a very small, charming village in the countryside that is steeped in history. The village local pub ‘The Old Inn’ is a lovely place to visit, with exceptional friendly service and delicious home cooked food. The small, quaint pub has been at the site since 1543, so drop in for a traditional pub meal in this historic building.
Hawkchurch is famous for its stunning Parish Church, the St John the Baptist, a Grade I listed 12th Century building, with unique medieval carvings. It is the finest of any of Devon’s churches and is a must see, it also includes some of the most delightful Romanesque carvings. The church had a major reconstruction in 1859, allowing more light into the body of the church; this is a place for quiet meditation or attending a service which takes place every Sunday morning.
You can also visit the stunning Monkton Wyld Court, this Grade II listed neo-gothic court was built in 1848. Monkton Wyld Court has a varied history from a rectory to a school, and although the school closed in 1982 the importance of farming and sustainability has remained, with plenty of events and family education workshops regularly taking place.
Axminster – market town rich with history
Venture a bit further out to visit the picturesque and ancient town of Axminster, which dates back to 300 BC. The history of the town is very much linked to its carpet industry which started in 1755 and when the early hand tufted carpets were completed the parish church would celebrate by ringing the bells.
This lovely market town has a rich history, with the train station opening in 1860 and the Axminster Parish Church dating further back than the Doomsday book, you can visit and marvel at the stories that surround you.
Take some time to visit the Axminster Museum, founded in 1982, the museum exhibits include archaeological finds, agricultural tools, coins and medals all found locally, as well as things related to the towns carpet industry, with original 18th Century carpets. There is also a local market which is held every Thursday where you might be able to find some local hidden gems while enjoying a few hours out in the fresh air.
Lyme Regis – fossils and fish
Also close to Axminster is the charming fishing town of Lyme Regis. With breath taking scenery, the historic Cobb and harbour as iconic features, all set within the stunning blue cliffs that contains fossilised evidence of life on earth millions of years ago.
The town itself is featured in the Doomsday book and is home to a number of historic landmarks and educational breaks, as well as having a full calendar of events throughout the year. The local blue lias clay contains the remarkable fossil remains of sea creatures from 180 million years ago. You can join in on the fossil hunting walks and find your own sea dinosaur.
Ask the Hawkchurch Staff
Need some inspiration? Any of our on-park staff will be more than happy to recommend their favourite places to go and relax, in this stunning part of the country. Whether for holiday breaks or ownership, there will always be something to capture your interest, anytime of the year when you stay at Hawkchurch Resort & Spa.