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South West Coast Path: Exmouth to Lyme Regis (5 Days & 4 Nights)

5 Days & 4 Nights 4.7 Read 12 reviews
  • 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.

What To Expect

If fascinating geology, contrasting scenery and unique nature reserves appeal to you then this is the walk for you. Not only this but you will stay in pretty seaside towns and villages and be in awe at the views over cliffs, countryside and the sea. This is a moderately rated tour and to fully enjoy this section of the SWCP you should be in good physical shape. The walks are invigorating!

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.


Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Coastal & Island
  • National Parks & Trails


  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

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


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.

Accommodation Information

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.

  • 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
  • Travel to Exmouth and from Lyme Regis
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Accommodation upgrades

When To Go

Favourite times of year are April, May and June when the spring flowers are out and September and October when the summer holidaymakers have gone home. Please let us know if your dates are flexible when booking as there are a couple of overnight locations on this section where accommodation is quite limited and we may have to move your dates around to accommodate you. 

Getting to the Start

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 the End

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Day 1 Arrive in Exmouth and overnight Day 2 Exmouth to Sidmouth 13 miles / 20.9 km Day 3 Sidmouth to Beer 8.5 miles / 13.7 km Day 4 Beer to Lyme Regis 8.5 miles / 13.7 km Day 5 Onward Travel

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