From early occupation by Bronze Age tribes, through Roman times to the present day, Colyton's fine river valley has provided a perfect place to settle. The shops are traditional, unique, and independently owned - this is no boring high street. Colyton itself has a wonderful level riverside walk in two directions. Spot heron, buzzard, egrets, mallards, and if you are really quick, a kingfisher.

With over 1,000 years of history, the unusual octagonal lantern tower of St. Andrew’s dates back to the 15th century. A church has stood on this site since Saxon times and restored cross of that period is within the building.