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Sidmouth on the South West Coast Path
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Highlights

  • Walk from Exmouth to Lyme Regis on the South West Coast Path.
  • The wildlife and dramatic red-stone stacks and caves of Ladram Bay.
  • Bustling seaside towns of Exmouth and Sidmouth.
  • The unique jungle-like atmosphere of the Undercliff National Nature Reserve.
  • Colourful villages of Branscombe and Beer, a place famous for smugglers.

Walk from Exmouth to Lyme Regis on this dramatic section of the South West Coast Path.

This part of the trail has contrasting landscapes of red sandstone and white chalky cliffs to lush green countryside. It also comprises much of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the coastline, enjoying a geological walk through time and stay in pretty seaside towns and quaint Devon villages.

Discover the impressive sandstone stacks of Ladram Baytake and follow paths through the unique terrain of the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve. Finish at the distinctive harbour wall, The Cobb, in Lyme Regis.

For all the information you need on the South West Coast Path, you can download our free guide

Arrive in Exmouth

Your first overnight will be in the lively seaside town of Exmouth. It is worth arriving early to enjoy what Exmouth has to offer. There are a diverse selection of shops and places to eat as well as beautiful sandy beaches.


Section 1: Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton — 6 miles

Leaving Exmouth behind, you start your walk by climbing up to the official start of the Jurassic Coastline, Orcombe Point. The scenery is quite distinctive here with dramatic red sandstone cliffs which are an astounding 250 million years old. Follow cliff-top paths to the delightful seaside town of Budleigh Salterton with its Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian houses and delightful pebble beach.


Section 2: Budleigh Salterton to Sidmouth- 7 miles

From Budleigh Salterton walk to one of the most dramatic sights along this coast, Ladram Bay. Take in its striking red sandstone stacks and caves which are some of the oldest rocks along this World Heritage Coast.


Perhaps spot some of the fantastic birdlife which shelter here and see lovely views from High Peak and Peak Hill before reaching the bustling seaside resort of Sidmouth. Enjoy freshly seafood caught by the local fishermen, take in the beautiful buildings along the promenade or just put your feet up and relax at one of the plentiful cafés or restaurants.


Section 3: Sidmouth to Beer- 8.5 miles

Today’s walk, though involving some steep climbs up and down from the cliffs to and from the pretty secluded coves and beaches, you will be rewarded with magnificent views from Salcombe Hill and Dunscombe Cliff.


Take a detour to the delightful village of Branscombe with its pretty thatched cottages and from here walk through the Hookend Cliff landslip area which offers an abundance of rare flora and fauna,  as well as one of this area’s biggest collections of fossils. You will finally emerge to the fishing village of Beer. Beer is most well known for its smugglers coves and caves and these are well worth a visit when you arrive there.


Section 4: Beer to Lyme Regis – 8.5 miles

Follow the coast path past old coastguard cottages and through Axe Bridge golf course taking in the breath-taking views back towards Beer Head and the white chalky cliffs.


Descend into the Undercliff National Nature Reserve and experience one of the most exciting and unusual parts of the trail. The path weaves its way through the undercliff created by landslips. From jungle-like woodland, catch occasional glimpses out to the coastline and you may even spot some of the wildlife living in this unique environment including badgers, roe deer and foxes. Eventually emerge from the undergrowth above the coastline before descending down into Lyme Regis.


Lyme Regis is a delightful unspoiled seaside resort, and the distinctive Cobb Harbour makes a fitting end to your walk. Celebrate at one of the plentiful restaurants and cafes and enjoy delicious freshly caught seafood straight off the fishing boats at the harbour.


Onward Travel from Lyme Regis

Accommodation

You will stay in hand picked B&B’s, guesthouses and small hotels.


We always book rooms with ensuite bathrooms, unless nothing else is available, in which case we will let you know in advance. We always try and book your accommodation as close as possible to the line of the trail. Occasionally a short transfer may be required and this is always included in the price of your holiday.


Single Rooms

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you, subject to availability. There is a single room supplement payable.


Solo Walkers

Solo walkers are welcome, but there is a solo walker supplement to cover the additional cost of luggage transfer.


Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Most of your accommodations will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs or restaurants.


Additional Nights

If you have time we strongly recommend adding in an extra night in Sidmouth to break up your walk. Sidmouth is the perfect seaside town to enjoy relaxing in for a couple of days. Or add an extra night in Exmouth or Lyme Regis to enjoy them further before starting or continuing your walk.


Fewer Nights

If you wish to reduce the number of nights we can tailor your trip to suit.


Here are some examples of accommodations we use:



 

 

 




Dolphin Hotel - Exmouth

The Dolphin Hotel is a family-run establishment and prides itself on offering you a home away from home with their welcoming, friendly staff. Enjoy a relaxed and comfortable stay.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Stoneborough House - Budleigh Salterton

Stoneborough House is a fine Edwardian home and retains many of its original period features and is furnished with a fine selection of antiques.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Willow Bridge - Sidmouth

The Willow Bridge is situated overlooking the River Sid and provides bright, airy rooms with pleasant outlooks and everything that you will need for a comfortable stay.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Durham House - Beer



Durham House - Beer

A family run guest house offering comfortable accommodation in 8 beautifully decorated guest rooms, all furnished to an exceptionally high standard.The breakfast is brilliant!


 

 

 


 

 

 




Mariners Hotel - Lyme Regis

The Mariners Hotel is nestled in the heart of Lyme Regis.This former coaching inn has a large private garden and rooms with free WiFi access.


 

 

 

Time of year

Favourite times of year are April, May and June when the spring flowers are out and September and October when the summer holiday makers have gone home.


Grade

This holiday is graded moderate. Although you follow the coast quite closely it includes plenty of up and down and some steep sections.


Navigation

The route is well way marked and easy to follow. We supply a detailed map and guidebook so you shouldn’t have any problem finding your way.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/ descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to Exmouth

By Air - Exeter Airport is the closest airport and is served by Flybe and Easyjet from UK Airports. The closest international airport is London.


By Rail/Bus - You can reach Exmouth by train from London via Exeter. (approx 3h). Alternatively arrive by bus or fly into Exeter and then get a local train from there to Exmouth.


By Car - There is parking in Exmouth but it can be very busy. For this reason we recommend getting public transport if possible.


Getting from Lyme Regis

By Air - Exeter Airport is the closest airport and is served by Flybe and Easyjet from UK airports.


By Rail/Bus - Catch a bus from Lyme Regis to Axminster (approx 20mins) and trains then run from there to London Waterloo (approx 2h 45m). Alternatively catch the train from Lyme Regis back to Exeter.


By Car - There are two long stay car parks in Lyme Regis at Charmouth Road in the East and Holmbush Car Park.


To get back to Exmouth from Lyme Regis you can either catch the train from Lyme Regis to Exeter and then the train from there to Exmouth. Or there are local buses which run from Lyme Regis to Exmouth via Newton Poppleford.


For train and bus schedules check the Traveline website. You can also check the Trainline website.

Included

  • Overnights in B&B’s, small hotels and guesthouses
  • Breakfasts
  • Door to door baggage transfer
  • A detailed info pack, guidebooks and map
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem

Excluded

  • Travel to Exmouth and from Lyme Regis
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transport should you need to skip a stage.

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single room supplements
  • Solo walker supplements
  • Accommodation upgrades

How fit do I need to be?

Although you are following the coast the ascents and descents are often steep, and you will need strong knees and a good level of hill fitness. If you currently don’t enjoy that level of fitness, regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardiovascular exercise for at least three months before your walk is recommended. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.

Do I need to be able to navigate?

Yes, but it's straightforward. The path is well waymarked throughout, and we supply a detailed map and guidebook so you shouldn't have any problem following the trail.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the South West Coast path is extremely popular over the summer months. Even if you are booking last minute we will always try and accommodate your plans, so please do give us a shout.

Are there upgrade options available?

We use a variety of B&B’s, guest houses, small hotels and Inns on our trips. In the larger towns, there are hotel options available. Please note that these can be at a slightly higher upgrade cost, but they are not similar to our ‘In Style’ accommodation options

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. We will send you a full equipment list as part of your info pack.

When is the best time of year?

Our favourite times are April, May and June when the spring flowers are out and September and October when the summer holiday makers have gone home.

Am I able to take my dog?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use public transport, local taxis or our baggage van may be able to move you to the next overnight stop. Full details are included in your info pack.

Loved it!

5

Macs Adventure did everything advertised. The trip was flawless. When getting off the path, my bag was waiting in my Room. Did not have to check in at any of the hotels. All of the logistics were taken care of. Great job!

Montana Buck

Montana, USA

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Great trip!

5

We were so impressed with all of the organization done for our trip. Everything went like clockwork. Our bags were always waiting for us at the next location each afternoon when we completed our hike. The materials you sent out pre-trip were excellent. I would recommend your company to everyone

Linda

Ferndale, wa.

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Beautiful & charming vistas; simplistic logistics

5

The simplicity of following the well-maintained trail and walking right up to the door of a different inn each night was terrific. The logistics of baggage transfer were seamless. Getting to the start and back from the finish via trains was easy to arrange. The views were magnificent; people were friendly, and towns charming.

Rdigi

Vermont, U.S.A.

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Macs keep up the standard.

5

Great to be able to acquire single rooms in busy locations. Takes all the hassle out of complex arrangements.

Jan

Darlington

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Interesting and pleasant walk

5

I had a wonderful Easter walking this stretch of the South West Coast Path. The route was great with the easier parts first and the more challenging last. One of the challenges was all the mud. I would estimate that around 75% of the stretch that I walked was muddy – ranging from pretty much just puddles with a bit of mud to very sticky clay like mud. Good boots and rain trousers are very important. There was also a few time that I wish I had a walking stick, as the muddy slopes could get rather slippery. The route is easy to follow and well signed. Also Macs handy app helped me the few times I had any doubts. The villages where I stayed were also very nice and gave a good impression of different kinds of seaside villages from Victorian Sidmouth to old Beer. I walked alone and never felt unsafe. Some parts of the walk were very busy (especially between Sidmouth and Beer) whereas other parts were quiet. I walked for 4½ hours on the stretch between Beer and Lyme without meeting anyone. Macs Adventures made the trip easy with easy to follow maps, app ect. great accommodation and baggage transfers.

Kira

Copenhagen

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yessss

4

My friend and I really appreciated your support for organizing the trip - friendly contacts. We would give your address further to friends ;)

any

near Geneva (Switzerland)

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Well organised, fantastic experience!

5

Researched to find a product to meet our needs and succeeded beyond expectation. Could not have been better organised, especially as we required a tailor made itinerary. The itinerary, booklet and map were extremely useful and a great memento of the adventure.

Golden Oldie

Midlands UK

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Fantastic Walk with spectacular scenary

4

Fantastic coastal walk with spectacular scenary. Some of the hill climbs were tough on the knees (lots of steps) so you need to be pretty fit but worth the effort for the great views. Some of the accommodation was a bit tired but all clean and owners very friendly. Macs Adventures sorted itinerary, guide books, maps, accommodation and baggage transfers - all worked well.

Fionac66

Milton Keynes

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SWCP Exmouth to Lyme Regis

5

This was the first tine I had done this type of holiday and I was really impressed. The information pack I was given was very detailed and informative and the accommodation in each place was excellent( very clean, comfortable and homely and well furnished - just what you want After a long walk! ). The pace and variety of the walking was good- enough to be a challenge, but giving enough time to linger in some places. The coastline and cliffs were stunning, so it made for a very interesting walk. The only problem we encountered was that part of the path was closed from Seaton to Lyme Regis which meant taking an alternative route along small roads and bridle ways, which wasn't as interesting as the coastal path. This wasn't mentioned in the guide, but fortunately I knew About it before and had a copy of the alternative. However, overall it was a great walk.

Loobylou

Warwickshire

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South West Coast Path: Exmouth to Lyme Regis

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