Plymouth to Exmouth
The challenge of South Devon's diverse coastline
Distance: 101 miles over 8 days. Difficulty: Mainly easy / moderate
This walk begins and ends at two of the region’s most important maritime ports, which are easily accessible by mainline trains and bus services. The route takes you through the South Devon and East Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This walk is more tricky than most to plan, as you need to time your walk to catch the limited ferry service across the rivers Yealm and Avon, and to ford (it's easy) the river Erme at low tide.
Beginning with a waterfront walk along Plymouth’s seafront, there are a great many features that provide an insight into the city’s importance both past and present.
After the ferry crossing over the Yealm, the Path passes out of Noss Mayo the ancient oaks of the Brakehill Plantation and along the wide, sweeping track known as Lord Revelstoke’s Drive, built in the 1880s to provide an impressive carriageway for his visitors. On clear days you can see the Eddystone Lighthouse which is 14 miles away.
From Salcombe to Torcross the walking is tough but the views spectacular. There is a lot to see in the attractive boating town of Dartmouth. You cannot fail to notice the extraordinary geology of the limestone peninsula of Berry Head and the wave cut platforms of red sandstone at Shoalstone. After the hustle and bustle of Torbay two ferry crossings transport you first to Teignmouth and then to Exmouth.
- Day 1: Plymouth Stonehouse to Wembury Point (15.1 miles)
- Day 2: Wembury Point to Bigbury-On-Sea (13.8 miles)
- Day 3: Bigbury-On-Sea to Salcombe (13.1 miles)
- Day 4: Salcombe to Torcross (12.6 miles)
- Day 5: Torcross to Dartmouth (10.3 miles)
- Day 6: Dartmouth to Brixham (10.9 miles)
- Day 7: Brixham to Babbacombe (13.2 miles)
- Day 8: Babbacombe to Dawlish Warren (11.5 miles)