South West Coast Path

South West Coast Path

An epic walk along the coastline of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

3 to 12 nights
630 miles
Easy to Demanding / Strenuous

From £355 per person

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About the trail

At 630 miles (1,008 km) in length, the South West Coast Path is Britain’s longest waymarked footpath and the ultimate challenge for any long distance walker. The route curls around the entire peninsula of Devon and Cornwall, rounds the south-western tip of England at Land’s End, and follows the southern shore through the dramatic scenery of Dorset, constituting a major portion of the England Coast Path.

Although we provide some gentler itineraries, on most holidays, expect stiff climbs on jaw-dropping coastal trails; mile after mile of sea views; and plenty of cream teas and Cornish pasties enjoyed in seaside towns. Walking the South West Coast Path is a challenge, but an immensely (and often tastily) rewarding one.

We’ve broken the full SWCP into ten stages so you can pick and choose your favourite stretches of coast. We also offer a choice of short breaks along the path, which you can find on the South West Coast Path Short Breaks page. If you’re looking for a circular tour, take a look at our walking holiday around the far point of Land’s End Peninsula and inland along St Michael’s Way, or stitch in the Tamara Coast to Coast Way.

Choose your route

  • This route includes dog friendly tour options North Devon
  • Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - North
  • Dorset
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options South Cornwall
  • South Devon
  • Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - South
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options South West Cornwall
  • Far West of Cornwall
  • East Devon
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Tor Bay and Babbacombe Bay

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

Trail running tours available

We also organise trail running holidays along this route. Find out more.

About this route

4 to 5 nights
30 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate
2nd January to 24th December

From £515 per person

East Devon

East Devon's coastline is a colourful one, its red sandstone cliffs contrasting vividly with the lush green of the surrounding countryside. The path winds east from Exmouth to the old port of Lyme Regis, known for the multitude of fossils encased in the cliffs.

On its way it visits Branscombe, with its whitewashed cob and thatch cottages, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, and the old fishing village of Beer, where colourful inshore trawlers are launched from the pebbly beach.


Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
EDEV1 From Exmouth to Lyme Regis 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate £515
EDEV2 From Exmouth to Lyme Regis 5 nights, 4 days walking Easy / Moderate £635

East Devon 4 nights, 3 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Important information

This tour is available to book all year, however out of season from November to March, there may be a small supplement for luggage moves, which will be moved by taxi rather than the usual luggage courier.


Travel to Exmouth where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Exmouth to Sidmouth. 12.5 miles (20km) / 1657 ft (505 m) ascent

Day 2

Sidmouth to Seaton. 10 miles (16km) / 2293 ft (699 m) ascent

Day 3

Seaton to Lyme Regis. 7.5 miles (12km) / 1168 ft (356 m) ascent


Depart from Lyme Regis after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Lyme Regis)
Price on request
© Contours Walking Holidays East Devon map
Exmouth to Lyme Regis
30 miles (48 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Following the red cliffs of the Jurassic Coastline.

Spotting a variety of wildlife, from coastal birds, such as redshank and curlews, to foxes and roe deer.

Visiting old fishing villages and picturesque towns.

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night is the best way to ensure that you have time to explore the sights and sounds of the East Devon Coast.

The charming seaside resort of Sidmouth is worth considering for a rest day. There are some lovely walks inland from the delightful village of Beer.

Lyme Regis, with its beautiful harbour, interesting museum, fine old buildings, literary connections and its fossil-rich cliffs is an excellent choice for an extra night.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Lyme Regis)
Price on request

Tour Facts

Total distance: 30 miles (48 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 7.5 miles (12 km)
Maximum daily distance: 12.5 miles (20 km)
Code: EDEV1 Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Exmouth
End of holiday: Lyme Regis

Route Profile

East Devon Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air

The most convenient major city and international airports are Exeter and Bristol.

By Rail

There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Exmouth). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Lyme Regis) is at Axminster (about 6 miles away).

By Bus

Various bus services run to Exmouth. There is a bus service from Lyme Regis to Axminster.

From London

Trains from London Paddington station to Exmouth.

Return to Start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi from Lyme Regis to Axminster. Alternatively, you can take the bus from Lyme Regis to Axminster rail station. From there, take a train to Exmouth.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.
"Ladram Bay" by Raymond Riggs (2023) "Ladram Bay" by Raymond Riggs (2023)
"Steps down to Salcombe Mouth" by Raymond Riggs (2023) "Steps down to Salcombe Mouth" by Raymond Riggs (2023)
"Villa at Littleham Cove" by David Hackett (2023) "Villa at Littleham Cove" by David Hackett (2023)
"Bindon Cliffs near Axmouth" by David Hackett (2023) "Bindon Cliffs near Axmouth" by David Hackett (2023)
"Commemorative Boat at Budleigh Salterton" by Claire Renard (2018) "Commemorative Boat at Budleigh Salterton" by Claire Renard (2018)
"Welcome to Budleigh Salterton" by Claire Renard (2018) "Welcome to Budleigh Salterton" by Claire Renard (2018)
"Wild Meadow looking back at Exmouth" by Claire Renard (2018) "Wild Meadow looking back at Exmouth" by Claire Renard (2018)

Customer reviews from the East Devon

“Just a quick note to thank you for organising such a great walk for us from Exmouth to Burton Bradstock last week. The organisation was flawless and we were very happy with our accommodation.”
Ms Le Grice, London
“We thoroughly enjoyed our East Devon walk. The scenery was gorgeous, B&Bs were well-located, and the hosts/hostesses were delightful. Even the weather was amazingly good (it didn't rain on our walking days!). We're looking at possibilities for another Contours trip next year.”
Mr Berkowitz, USA
“We sat on a bench in Budleigh Salterton eating elevenses and watching the dramatic play of light and color over the water. The entire segment was really very beautiful and unique.”
Mr Stallings, USA
“Helpful staff both in booking and where we stayed, seamless luggage transfers and beautiful walking at the right level for the classification. It was all good, and so varied we didn’t have a favourite part - but we all (including the dog) really enjoyed being able to get down to a beach each day and cool off in the sea! We’ve already suggested it to friends!”
Ms Stuart, UK
“Exmouth to Lyme Regis - such a lovely coastline! All our B & B's - such warm and welcoming people - comfortable accommodation - good food. My travelling companion, Ann Austin, and I have walked with Contours several times over many years and have always found the service timely, reliable and good value.”
Ms Hardman, Canada
“We had a great time - generally excellent B&B's and flawless baggage transfer.”
Mrs Knowler, Canada
“Luggage collected at a good time and also delivered at a good time. Faultless.”
Dr Wales, UK
“Second time we have used you and again all perfect.”
Mr Clarke, UK
“Beautiful scenery, lovely friendly people, great accommodation.”
Ms Evans, Australia
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