South West Coast Path – Part 9 – Day 4

Saturday, May 13th, 2023 – Exmouth to Ladram Bay


Approximately 9 miles – Easy to Moderate

On the Saturday I was moving accommodation along the route as I made progress. I drove from my digs in Paignton to the Ladram Bay Holiday Park – a few miles from Sidmouth. This will be my base for the next 7 days while I walk from Exmouth to somewhere close to Weymouth. After ‘checking in’, I took a bus ride back to the Exmouth to pick up on the East side of the river Exe. Because of the accommodation move, I wanted to keep today’s walk fairly short.

The route starts on the Exmouth side of the ferry crossing and I enjoyed a leisurely walk alongside Exmouth Beach . After the beach, I passed a ‘geoneedle’ which marks the start of the Jurassic Coast – a World Heritage site.

The start of the Jurassic Coast is marked by a long, uphill climb and descent into Budleigh Salterton. I stopped here for an afternoon tea. At the end of the beach at Budleigh Salterton there’s the mouth of the river Otter. In certain conditions it may be tempting to paddle accross the river but today I felt that wouldn’t be wise so I took the detour inland about 3/4 of a mile to cross safely. One more ascent and a long cliff walk saw me arrive back at Ladram Bay in time for tea.

As you probably know, this year I’m walking for charity and raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society and Cancer Research. These have both touched my family severely over the years so I’d be so grateful if you’d be willing to support my fundraising efforts.

To donate to Alzheimer’s Society, please visit my Alzheimer’s Giving Page

To donate to Cancer Research please visit my Cancer Research Giving Page

You can find the highlights and more information on this route on The South West Coast Path website

Here are the photo’s from today’s walk.

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