Walk - Sidmouth to Seaton

10.3 miles (16.6 km)

Sidmouth Seaton

Challenging - Severe to strenuous

Walking through the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is impressive at any time of year and in any weather conditions. There are some especially beautiful stretches here and so the many steep ascents and descents are certainly well worth the effort. Allow time to rest at intervals and take in the spectacular sights, including the spring and summertime butterflies enjoying the masses of wild flowers on top of the red cliffs at Branscombe, the extraordinary change in geology around Beer and keep a look out for the occasional peregrine.

Leave the red cliffs of Sidmouth as you set off along this rugged section of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, crossing 200 million year old rocks. The red Triassic earth gives way to striking white chalk around Beer before you arrive at the mouth of the River Axe and the rich red cliffs of the village of Seaton.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Higher Wiscombe, near Beer

3 luxury, dog friendly cottages, sleeping from 6-32, just inland from the Coast Path.

Beachcroft B&B,Seaton

A very warm welcome awaits you st Beachcroft B&B, a small relaxed family run B&B in the heart of Seaton Bay. Ideal as a base for the South West Coast Path.

Higher Bruckland Farm, Axminster

A C16th farmhouse on a 300 acre farm in the beautiful Axe valley. Locally sourced food and our own eggs, of course!

Bay Tree House

Bay Tree House is spacious with comfortable rooms and coordinated furnishings. Enjoy picturesque walks from the doorstep along the Jurassic coast of Devon.

Westleigh B&B, Beer

Westleigh is a truly dog friendly B&B run by Etta Ware, a Cordon Bleu trained cook with cooked breakfasts and dinners of your choice cooked by Etta herself.

What is on your list of things to do when you visit the Path? From walking companies, to help you tailor your visit, with itineraries and experts to enhance your visit, to baggage transfer companies and visitor attractions there are lots to people and places to help you decide what you'd like to do. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth

Explore our Sanctuary – home to hundreds of rescued donkeys. Discover scenic walks, the maze and Nature Centre, and enjoy delicious food. FREE entry, open 365 days.

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Highlights

  • Enjoying the architecture in the Regency town of Sidmouth.
  • Looking out for linnets and stonechats in the yellow gorse.
  • Views from Salcombe Hill Cliff back along the South Devon coast to Torbay and ahead along the red cliffs towards Dorset.
  • Crossing the wild little valley of Lincombe, an area visited by green woodpeckers.
  • Resting on the pebbly beach of Weston Mouth.
  • The exquisite flowers, grasses and butterflies of the Weston Wildflower Meadow.
  • The remains of Berry Cliff Camp: an Iron Age hill fort.
  • Resting on the beach under vast cliffs at Branscombe Mouth. Once a busy area for smuggling, the seas here have been more recently known for the stricken container ship the MSC Napoli.
  • Looking down to the breathtaking views from Hooken Cliff. This dramatic slope of woodland and white rock was formed by a landslide in 1790.
  • Views from Beer Head over Seaton Bay.
  • The dramatic, exposed chalk cliffs of Beer. This fishing village, which was the birthplace of the notorious smuggler Jack Rattenbury, also known as "The Rob Roy of the West", is protected from winds by the enormous cliffs. The creamy white stone from Beer Caves has been quarried for centuries as it is very easy to carve, and can be seen in the cathedral of Exeter, as well as Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s. You can visit the Beer Caves, which were first used by the Romans, open daily from March to October.
  • There is a short permanent diversion of the footpath at the Old Beer Road between Beer and Seaton.
  • The traditional seaside town of Seaton: here you will find welcome refreshments at the end of your day as well as the attractive Jubilee Gardens, some interesting shops and a museum, which is open Monday to Friday from May to October and has many fascinating old photographs of the area. Further up the Axe Estuary, the Seaton Marshes teem with birdlife, dragonflies and butterflies.

Shorter option

Beer (8.8 miles, 14.2 km).

Longer option

Continue to Lyme Regis (an additional tough 7.1 miles, 11.4 km).

Public transport

The nearest mainline train station in the cathedral city of Exeter. After a 10 minute walk or bus ride into the city centre, you can then catch one of the regular buses to Sidmouth or Seaton. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the train station and bus stop symbols, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

Parking

Sidmouth, Branscombe Mouth, just beyond Beer Head, Beer and Seaton.

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