South Devon is lucky enough to have some of the best coastline in the country, including a portion of the Jurassic Coast which is a World Heritage Site and can be found to the East of the county. The South West Coast Path is a spectacular way to enjoy all the beauty that the Jurassic Coast has to offer. Below is a list of the main points from Exmouth to Seaton that you would encounter along the way. The whole walk itself is around 23 miles so it is unlikely to be a day trip! However, choosing a town to explore or opting for a shorter walking route is a great way to see some of the fantastic coastline. You could even stay overnight in some of the towns and do the whole walk over a few days. 


Exmouth is the Western Gateway to the Jurassic Coast and this is marked at Orcombe Point by the five metre high geoneedle constructed out of various rocks which were sourced from the Jurassic Coast. As well as the impressive geoneedle at Exmouth, along the coast path, a couple of miles away is a vast mile long beach known as Sandy Bay which during low tide reaches all the way round to Exmouth. From Sandy Bay you can then continue on the South West Coast Path down toward Budleigh Salterton. 

Budleigh Salterton

Not only situated on the Jurassic Coast, Budleigh Salterton is also located within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The quaint town rests at the mouth of the River Otter and is this part a popular spot for bird watching. Walking the South West Coast path from Budleigh Salterton to Sidmouth is varied, with woodland, fields, and of course the dramatic cliffs.


Sidmouth is a charming seaside resort nestled amongst glorious countryside and boasts some wonderful food outlets, cafés and hotels making it the ideal stop off for a snack, drink or even an overnight stay. Before reaching the town and main beach, you will discover Jacobs Ladder Beach which takes its name from the wooden staircase that leads down to it from Connaught Gardens. At the east end of the town the South West Coast Path directs you toward Branscombe once again offering more staggering views of the sensational sandstone cliffs.


The chocolate box village of Branscombe is sprinkled with gorgeous thatched cottages, and streets that meander down to the coast and beaches, if walking from Sidmouth then it is certainly worth walking inland slightly to take a look around. Continuing on from Branscombe the coast path leads you onto Beer.


The red Triassic cliffs that can be found all the way along the coast from Exmouth change drastically to white chalk around the village of Beer. With its beautiful beaches and attractive streets Beer is a lovely place to carry on exploring. The South West Coast Path offers breathtaking views of the stark white cliffs and will then lead you on to Seaton. 


Here, once again you will be greeted with vivid red cliff faces and rugged landscape. Seaton is a bustling coastal town with plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Seaton Jurassic is a great place to learn about the history of the Jurassic Coast and Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve is a beautiful area for wildlife lovers.

So whether you are an avid rambler who wishes to complete the whole route or a family looking to do some fossil hunting and enjoy an educational day out, the Jurassic Coast in south Devon has many superb locations to enjoy. 

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