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.

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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 find out how to obtain a copy of the 60 page guide to the East Devon Way here.  If you complete the whole walk (not necessarily in one go) you can apply for a certificate and badge through the East Devon Way website.

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East Devon Way by Trevor Harris

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An Uncommonly Fine Walk

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The ‘most rebellious town in Devon..

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Heath and valley

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South West Coast Path

Over the centuries fishermen, coastguards and smugglers have helped to create this historic path – now Britain’s longest National Trail
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Exe Estuary Trail

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Trinity Hill

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Pebblebed Heaths

The magnificent East Devon Pebblebed Heaths complex is the largest block of lowland heath in Devon. The site’s large area
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Bowling Green Marsh (The Exe Estuary)

Bowling Green Marsh makes up part of the Exe Estuary, an area of international importance for wintering waders and wildfowl.
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Exminster Marshes (The Exe Estuary)

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Part of the Exe Estuary, Exminster Marshes is an area of international importance for wintering waders and wildfowl. The area
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Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliffs

This magnificent reserve comprises 304 hectares of coastal landslides and cliffs – one of the largest such areas in Britain.
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Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliffs

This magnificent 304 hectare nature reserve, managed by Natural England, offers dramatic coastal scenery and is of international importance for
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Exe Estuary Trail: Exmouth to Lympstone

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