Devon has natural beauty and coastlines in abundance, the biggest dilemma when walking is choosing which route to embark upon. The majority of coastal walks in the southwest centres around the South West Coastal Path that stretches 1,013 km from Minehead to Poole. To help you along the way we have pulled together several of our favourite East Devon coastal routes, each with a refuelling point enroute.
A: Harbour View Cafe, Exmouth Seafront
Walk along a short section of the South West Coastal Path of Exmouth Seafront to Orcombe Point, the latter of which marks the beginning of the Jurassic Coast. The route gives you the option of a footpath or walking along the sand, both of which are flat and family friendly. At the halfway point (Orcombe Point) enjoy an ice cream before heading back towards the Harbour View Cafe.
Harbour View Cafe > South West Coastal Path > End of Exmouth seafront (return)
Route Info – 4 km, 40 mins of walking.
B: The Globe Inn, Lympstone
Finished in late 2013, the Exe Estuary Trail offers a shore hugging 26 miles of traffic free paths along the Exe Estuary. While the whole route is very flat, safe and thus family friendly, we’ve picked a relatively short route that takes you to the picturesque estuary village of Lympstone. Try stopping off at the Globe Inn to break up the journey before strolling back to Exmouth.
Exmouth Train Station > Exe Estuary Trail > Lympstone (return)
Route Info – 6 km, 1 hr 20 mins of walking.
C: The River Otter
From the picturesque Otterton bridge, walk along the river bank 4 km to Budleigh beach. The path is flat and a popular spot for walkers and anglers alike, offering fantastic river and sea views. Budleigh offers you 2 miles of pebbled beach to enjoy and safe clean water for swimming in. When you arrive back at Otterton bridge pop into the Otterton Mill and see the traditional flour mill, bakery and most importantly restaurant to refuel.
Otter Mill Bakery > The River Otter > Budleigh Salterton (return)
Route Info – 8 km, 1 hr 20 mins of walking.
D: The Jurassic Coastal Path
From Ladram Bay, join the South West Coast Path and head east towards Sidmouth – you’ll get the legs burning soon enough as you climb High Peak Hill. At points the path is narrow and has a diverse range of gradients, so be sure to leave the flip flops at home. At the summit of High Peak Hill be sure to stop at the look off point for stunning views (east & west) along the Jurassic Coast. Head down the hill into the town of Sidmouth and its beautiful Connaught Gardens, before heading back to Ladram. On return to Ladram Bay drop into the Pebbles Restaurant to rehydrate.
Ladram Bay > South West Coast Path > Sidmouth (return)
Route Info – 6 km, 1 hr 30 mins of walking.
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