Another double weekend walk after the previous one at the start of November. I was still in a fine mood, having managed to get out for a pub lunch alongside a fine walk with the boys around Burrator reservoir, the day before. And to improve things further the weather was set for a cracking day. It started chilly but the sky was blue and the sun shone. I was back on the Jurassic Coast, in fact the most westerly section of it. There is a monument to tell you this fact, it is called the Geoneedle. This westerly section of the Jurassic Coast is said to be the oldest, as in the rocks are the oldest, and despite the name ‘Jurassic Coast’ the rocks are Triassic from 250 million years ago. This walk is a cracker, the coastal section is really good, coming out of Budleigh you are faced with a long (very long) gently uphill section, it just keeps on going uphill, around every corner. Eventually to your right is the golf course, East Devon golf course, at that point you are reaching the top. Then bam, the ground drops again and you head down to the huge holiday park at West Down and the military firing range, linked to the Lympstone Commandos. You then head past Sandy Bay and on to Exmouth. In Exmouth you have a choice, stop for some food and refreshments before heading through the town to join the Budleigh to Exmouth cycle path, which starts near to the college, just north of the hospital. This path takes you back to Budleigh along the old railway track (before the railway cuts by Beecham). Once you get past Littleham this path is easy to walk and fantastic, winding through green countryside before descending to Budleigh Salterton. This is a good one and worth a visit when Exmouth is open.
Start – Budleigh Car park, the one by River Otter estuary
Route –South West Coastal Path – West Down – The Floors – West Down Holiday Park – Sandy Bay – The High Land of Orcombe – The Geoneedle – Maer Rocks – Exmouth – Exmouth to Budleigh Cycle Path – Littleham Budleigh Salterton
Distance – 12 miles Start time – 9.50am Time taken – 5hrs 10mins Highest Point – West Down 129 metres
Weather – Glorious sunshine, haze, dry, cold to start