3.4 of 5 (51 votes)

The Jurassic Coast from Sidmouth to Seaton

A moderate walk (coast) starting and finishing in Devon, England, about 14.00km (8.70 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:00h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 324m (1062ft)
Descent 322m (1056ft)
Max. Elevation 150m (492ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 646m (2118ft)
Distance 14.00km
Duration ~5:00h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 12 Feb 2011
The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site and there's no better way to explore than by foot. This walk, along the South West Coast Path from Sidmouth to Seaton, takes in some of the best scenery of the coast. Don't be fooled into thinking it's a coastal ramble - there's some serious legwork to be done. You can find out more about the region here: www.jurassiccoast.com

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Start your walk in Sidmouth.
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Cross the River Sid and the footpath along the coast starts here.
About 0.48 km (~0.3 miles) from
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Devon's coastline is rugged and no mistake. It's a steep climb - the first of many - up to Salcombe Hill Cliff.
About 1.13 km (~0.7 miles) from
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Drop down the other side into Salcombe Mouth.
About 0.72 km (~0.45 miles) from
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Another sharp climb, this time on the Dunscombe Cliff.
About 0.67 km (~0.42 miles) from
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The route takes a small diversion inland and then drops again to Weston Mouth.
About 1.20 km (~0.75 miles) from
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Up again to Coxe's Cliff. The vantage point from the top of the cliff is a wonderful way to get a sense of the scale of the coast - you can see for miles.
About 0.94 km (~0.58 miles) from
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The path descends, more gently this time, to Berry Camp.
About 0.85 km (~0.53 miles) from
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Head through the National Trust land at Branscombe Mill. Save your visit for another day - there's still a way to go.
About 2.15 km (~1.34 miles) from
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Drop down to Branscombe Mouth and back up - again - on to Branscombe Rocks. We warned you about the leg work.
About 1.06 km (~0.66 miles) from
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Continue to Beer Head, where the coast veers north. The cliffs here are famous for their fossils, and many collecters scour the chalk for them.
About 1.12 km (~0.7 miles) from
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Along the edge of South Down Common to Beer. And you may well need one by this point. There are buses from Beer to Seaton if you have done enough for the day.
About 1.25 km (~0.78 miles) from
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From Beer, head past Seaton Hole into the main town.
About 0.70 km (~0.43 miles) from
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Finish in Seaton. Buses head back to Sidmouth regularly. It's also a pleasant place for an overnight stay (as is Sidmouth) if you fancy some more coastal walking the next day.
About 1.17 km (~0.73 miles) from

4 comments... join the discussion!

Simon Hawkins
28 Oct 2020
Beer X 2

Grew up locally, and finally got to walk this section of coastline with my 13yr old son. Walked from Sidmouth to Branscombe on a October afternoon / evening, with the last section navigated with head torches for more of an adventure!

Followed up two days later with the section from Branscombe to Beer. Fantastic views (for the section walked in daylight!), topped off with a beer in Beer!

16 Mar 2017
Walk One Way & Catch The Bus Back

I love this walk it's got amazing views. I recommend walking one way and catching the AVMT 899 bus back, it runs from Seaton to Sidmouth via Beer & Branscombe. The 899 is a brilliant bus ride, traveling along scenic country lanes with great views.

30 Aug 2013

All sorted. Apologies for such a heinous crime.

Deece Johnson
22 Aug 2013
Get It Right

Salcombe Hill (Para 3) is in Devon not Dorset!

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