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.

Belmont House

2 minutes walk from the beach & South West Coast Path, offering Adult Only accommodation in 5 comfortable, ensuite rooms. Pubs, cafes and restaurants 1 minute walk away for breakfast and evening meal.

Holyford Farm Cottages

A variety of accommodation options at this stunning Grade 2 listed property, in a beautiful remote setting near the village of Colyford, less than 1.5 miles to the Coast Path at Seaton.

Oakdown Holiday Park

Family run award winning Holiday Park with touring, camping, glamping units and 5 star leisure lodges. Peace & tranquillity by the Coast.

Higher Wiscombe, near Beer

3 dog friendly cottages, all bedrooms ensuite, two sleep 6, one sleeps 20, very luxurious and very eco, just inland from the South West Coast Path.

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.

Seaton Tramway

Travel 3 miles inland from Seaton, gateway to the Jurassic Coast to Colyton along the Axe Valley. Open top double deckers for panoramic views, enclosed saloons when wet.

The Cove

The Cove offers fine produce, gifts and local information from East Devon

Beer Village

Beer is Devon's best kept secret and situated directly on the South West Coast Path on the Jurassic Coast. An unspoilt quintessentially English fishing village with a big heart.

Interactive Elevation


  • 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.


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

Nearby Events

  • East Devon 8 Trigs

    12th November 

    Eight trig points sit on a beautifully varied trail loop in East Devon. The route starts on Budleigh Salterton seafront and follows the South West Coast Path to High Peak trig point. Far reaching views from here extend to Berry Head to the South West and Portland to the East.

    Back for a 3rd year, more info here 

  • The Two'r

    Friday 2nd December

    The Two'R Ultra is 164 mile out-and-back course with over 24,000 feet of elevation over the Jurassic Coast Path. With no outside assistance allowed and a strict 60 hour cut-off, this is an extremely tough event held in the middle of the UK winter! More Info

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