This 5km walk has a lot going for it – easy parking, loop route, stunning views, dog friendly and refreshments available. As it is over sand and along cliff paths it would be a real challenge for wheels or anyone with mobility issues.
Starting at Orcombe Point in Exmouth, you are limited by tide times. This route should only be attempted around low tides to give you maximum time to navigated the beach in safety. Parking (pay and display) is available along the sea front leading to the point, and in many car parks in Exmouth.
Start out by walking along the beach, heading round Orcombe Point below the metal ladder and making your way east. You will soon see the tower of a military training base on the cliffs ahead of you.
You can play on the beach on the way round, there are lots of rocks exposed at low tide for rock pooling too. There is a lot of evidence of unstable rocks at the cliff bases though, so best to keep to the shoreline.
You will soon see the slope and huts that lead to Sandy Bay holiday park, and the beach here gets busier again. Dogs on leads are welcome as you make your way up the path to the main buildings where you can find toilets and refreshments including an ice cream van at peak times.
To head back to Exmouth along the cliff path, take the lane opposite the beach toilets on your left, and follow the sign to ‘Bay Voew’ where you will see a SWCP way marker and the footpath snaking up ahead of you.
Follow this path as it winds along the cliff tops, and enjoy the incredible views it affords you out to see and along the coastline.
The path wends its way back to Orcombe Point, where you can visit the Geoneedle, and sit on the beaches to enjoy the view.
You can then take the path on the left to return to the beach via the metal staircase, or continue straight ahead to arrive back before the point by the Bumble and Sea cafe, which will sell you hot drinks and yummy cakes.