Explore the South West coast path in Devon

South west coast path

In Devon, we are spoilt with beautiful beaches, large expanses of dramatic moorland and picturesque coastal paths.

The South West coast path runs 630 miles around the South West region; over 200 miles of which are situated in Devon.  Read on for your guide to great spots in Devon along the South West coast path…

 

The Jurassic CoastSouth West coast path - Jurassic Coast
Steeped in geological history and hailed with world heritage status by UNESCO; Devon’s Jurassic Coast is a magnificent place to explore.
By walking the South West coast path, you can take in the stunning views of the red Triassic rocks and hidden chalk caves along the beautiful beaches. You may even spot an ancient fossil on your travels!

Winding its way from Exmouth to Seaton, you can explore the Jurassic coast by foot, bus, bike or even boat.
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Dawlish WarrenSouth West coast path - Dawlish Warren
As an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, Dawlish Warren is a must for sea side walks and grassland exploration.
Sitting at the edge of the Exe Estuary, you can find an expanse of natural habitat and sandy shores, which homes a great range of wildlife.

The coast path runs through Dawlish and over to the Warren, passing amusements and refreshments on the way and leads to one and a half miles of glorious beach.
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West Devon WaySouth West coast path - West Devon Way
If you want to explore further in land before making your way to the coast, try the West Devon Way.

This route weaves its way on to the South West coast path, passing river valleys on the western edge of Dartmoor. Totalling 37 miles, you don’t have to walk the entire route; buses are available to help you on your (West Devon) way. There’s also a number of country pubs en-route for quenching your thirst and delicious pub lunches.
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LynmouthSouth West coast path - Lynmouth
From pebbles to golden sand, there’s a great variety of beaches to choose from when exploring the South West coast path. Choosing which to visit isn’t always easy…

If you’re after a dog friendly walk with exceptional views, visit Lynmouth beach on Exmoor.  Lynmouth is backed with beautiful wooded hills, spectacular cliffs and a landscape of perfect blue sea.
The world famous cliff railway joins Lynton and Lynmouth together and the water operated cars offer a unique way of seeing the view.
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Elberry CoveSouth West coast path - Elberry Cove
With over 200 miles of South West coast path in Devon, there’s got to be a place to sit back and relax…

How about a hidden cove?

Elberry Cove is one of many hidden treasures dotted around Devon. Radiating with relaxation, the cove has a beautiful pool of clear blue sea (once Agatha Christie’s favourite place to bathe). It’s also a great place to take the pooch for a walk and is the perfect spot to watch the sun go down.
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Plymouth’s CoastSouth West coast path - Plymouth
Experience a more vibrant scene along the South West coast path by visiting the maritime city of Plymouth.

The path takes you along the beautiful harbour side, around historic mount batten and directs you towards the famous barbican & hoe (if you’re looking to go a little off piste… or path). With shopping centres, eateries and bars on your doorstep, you can make a day of being a coastal path explorer whilst pampering yourself too.
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