The Exmouth to Budleigh cycle path is an extension of the Exe Estuary Trail and forms part of Route 2 of the National Cycle Network. Following the tracks of an old railway line, it is in great part traffic-free and flat and a great place to ride as a family.
For those with young children there are options to only follow a section of the route. We parked at Castle Lane, close to the Budleigh end of Salterton Road. There are limited free on road parking spots along this lane, and a hort path leads onto the cycle trail.
Clear signposting and information boards help you find you way, and the deep cutting the trail runs along helps it to feel calm and peaceful. The grounds of the East Devon Golf Club and The Knowle run alongside the path and provide a lovely back drop to your ride.
The off road path ends on Bear Lane, where you can turn right towards Budleigh town centre. You can then follow the signed cycle path, or wend your way to the sea front. (We dog legged across into Bedlands lane, before going to the right of the school to head down Moor Lane and across The Green to the high street). Whilst this last section is not completely off road, the roads offer some off road paths and are generally quiet or low speed for traffic.
After enjoying some time on the beach, you can return by the same route, or if happy to travel on main roads, you can close the circuit back to Salterton Road.