East Devon Way

About this route

This 38 mile/60km path takes you from Exmouth in the west to Lyme Regis, Dorset in the east, and follows footpaths, bridleways and stretches of quiet lanes.  The route passes through the heart of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), linking to the South West Coast Path, the beautiful Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and the Exe Estuary. You can pick up short sections of the trail from a number of easily accessible points.

Along the way you will find the traditional Devon thatched cob cottages, villages dating back to Saxon times, ancient churches, prehistoric hill forts, oak beamed pubs, leafy lanes and glorious vistas of rolling green hills.

The route forms a parallel alternative to the South West Coast Path and is comprehensively way-marked; just follow the sign of the foxglove.

Getting Around

Exmouth, Aylesbeare Common, Sidbury, Colyton and Lyme Regis are all serviced by bus.  Exmouth is also linked to Exeter by a regular rail service.


Exmouth, Sidbury, Colyton and Lyme Regis have all facilities.
A mix of rights of way, permissive routes and minor roads. The route is generally easy but does include some sharp climbs.
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Interesting information

The East Devon Way provides an opportunity to escape to tranquil farmland, visit traditional Devon hamlets or stride uphill to enjoy spectacular panoramic views across this outstanding corner of Devon.

The route is presented from west to east in six stages and is waymarked throughout, providing an easy to follow trail.  There are inns, pubs and shops in the villages and towns which offer the chance to replenish and refresh you on your journey, or provide a place to rest and recharge overnight.

You can pick up a free 60 page guide to the East Devon Way from Tourist Information Centres or by contacting the AONB team.  If you complete the whole walk (not necessarily in one go) you can apply for a certificate and badge by clicking here.

Photo by Trevor Harris

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