SWCP - Torbay & East Devon

From the thriving fishing port of Brixham the path heads through woodland and past lovely beaches to Paignton. From here the route is an easy stretch along the promenades of both Paignton and Torquay. From here on there are views of the rich red Devon sandstone cliffs.

From Torquay harbour the path becomes surprisingly rural and rugged, passing headlands and golden sandy beaches as it heads around to Babbacombe. From here onwards its a twisting path with some tiring ascents and descents  as it passes through open fields and woodland before descending to the mouth of the river Teign at Shaldon. After a short ferry ride, its an easy walk along the promenade of Teignmouth.

From Dawlish onwards the route is easy walking along the sea wall and minor roads to reach Starcross, where a short ferry ride will take you across the Exe Estuary to Exmouth. An easy walk along the sea front the path soon changes in variety with woodland, high cliffs and open field walking with a couple of steep ascents before descending into Sidmouth.

Leaving the red cliffs of Sidmouth the path sets off along a rugged stretch of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site with some very steep ascents and descents to overcome before arriving into Seaton. The red sandstone giving way to white chalk cliffs in the area of Beer. Beyond Seaton the path descends into the dense woodland of the Undercliff National Nature reserve and some uneven terrain as the area is formed from landslips, the route then descends into Lyme Regis.


  • Admiring the high red cliffs of the Jurassic coast
  • Visiting the picturesque harbours and estuaries along the way.
  • Watching the wildlife along the way, possibly including seals during the Exe River Crossing.
  • Visiting the charming villages of Branscombe & Beer.

Route Facts

Start: Brixham
Finish: Lyme Regis
Total Distance: 57 miles (92 km)
Season January - December



TORB1 Torbay / East Devon - 5 days / 6 nights £550.00 per person (based on 2 sharing)
Day 1 Arrive in Brixham    
Day 2 Brixham to Babbacombe 13 miles (21 km)
Day 3 Babbacombe to Exmouth 14 miles (22 km)
Day 4 Exmouth to Sidmouth 13 miles (21 km)
Day 5 Sidmouth to Seaton 10 miles (16 km)
Day 6 Seaton to Lyme Regis   7 miles (11 km)
Day 7 Depart after breakfast


TORB1 Torbay / East Devon - 7 days / 8 nights £730.00 per person (based on 2 sharing)
Day 1 Arrive in Brixham    
Day 2 Brixham to Torquay   8 miles (13 km)
Day 3 Torquay to Shaldon 10 miles (17 km)
Day 4 Shaldon to Exmouth   8 miles (13 km)
Day 5 Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton   6 miles (10 km)
Day 6 Budleigh Salterton to Sidmouth   7 miles (11 km)
Day 7 Sidmouth to Seaton   9 miles (14 km)
Day 8 Seaton to Lyme Regis   8 miles (13 km)
Day 9 Depart after breakfast  


Supplements / Options
  Extra Night (Standard) £48.00 per person / per night
  Single Supplement £20.00 per person / per night
  Solo Walker Supplement £30.00 per person / per night


We provide travel information for your guidance only, we are happy to assist with more detailed travel arrangements or arrange taxi's (where necessary).

If you require any assistance with travel planning, please do not hesitate to contact us for guidance.

Getting to Brixham

By Air - The closest airports are Exeter and Bristol, both having connecting bus / rail connections with major towns.

By Train - The nearest mainline rail station is Paignton (0 miles). Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for more information. 

By Bus - Brixham has local bus services from Paignton and Torquay for  coach / rail connections, for timetable and information visit www.travelinesw.com 

Returning from Lyme Regis

By Air - The closest airports are Exeter or Bristol, both having connecting bus / rail connections from major towns.

By Train - The nearest station is Axminster (0 miles). Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for more information.

By Bus - Lyme Regis has local bus services to Axminster for onward bus / rail connections, for timetable and information visit www.travelinesw.com 




Route Info

General Information

The distances and ascents / descents are approximate and for guidance only. The individual making the booking is responsible for ensuring that each member of the party is suitably equipped with standard / survival equipment as necessary for the route / terrain involved.


It is advisable that you and each member of your party, takes out holiday insurance to protect yourselves, equipment, luggage and to cover against non-refundable costs should you have to cancel your trip due to unexpected circumstances or ill health. You should ensure that any such policy covers you for the activities being undertaken during your holiday.


The route is well way-marked and generally easy to follow. We provide a detailed route guide along with maps to assist you along the way.

Experience & Fitness

The tour is suitable for most people with good physical fitness. The route is graded as moderate to strenuous, there are many steep ascents and descents and much of the route is along isolated coastal / cliff top paths.


You should always ensure you are properly equipped for your walking holiday and prepared for varying weather conditions along the route. Your holiday pack contains a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking / survival equipment for a days walking.

Luggage Transfers

Your luggage will be transferred each day between each overnight accommodation as detailed within your itinerary. Please check with your accommodation provider where your bags should be left for collection each morning. Luggage transfers are one bag with a maximum weight of 20kg per person.





We use comfortable hotels, country inns, guest-houses and B&B's in selecting your accommodation and aim to provide these as close to the trail as possible. We work closely with all of our accommodation providers, each one being selected based on their quality of accommodation and the warm welcomes they provide. We will always request accommodation with private en-suite facilities, but in remoter locations this may not always be available. Please note, that due to the route and location of available accommodation you may need to walk / travel a short distance where accommodation is not available along the route (We can provide taxi transfers if required and booked in advance), your holiday pack will contain directions and location map of each nights accommodation.


All of our holidays are provided on a Bed & Breakfast basis, thus giving you the flexibility to choose your own options for lunch and evening meals. Your holiday pack will contain information on the options available along the route to stop for lunch and places to obtain an evening meal locally, along with places to obtain packed lunches. Accommodation providers may be able to offer evening meals and packed lunches by prior arrangement if this should be required.

Single Rooms and Solo Walkers

If you require single room either as an individual or as part of a group we would be happy to accommodate you although a single room supplement is payable.

Additional Nights

You can book as many extra nights as you wish, just tell us during your booking where you would like to spend extra days and we would be happy to arrange this for you and provide a quotation and personalised itinerary for this.



What's Included

  •  Accommodation in comfortable hotels, country inns, guest-houses and B&B'
  •  Breakfast each morning for the duration of your holiday.
  •  Luggage transfers each day between each overnight accommodation.
  •  A detailed holiday pack, route guide and maps.
  •  Assistance with travel arrangements (where required).
  •  Emergency support during your holiday.