Route Section Number 3:
Lyme Regis to Exeter
West of Lyme Regis, the SW660 offers a wonderful sequence of rolling high cliffs of various colours. They rise and fall between the river mouths at each of East Devon’s charming old seaside towns.
The red sandstone cliffs and sea stacks around Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton mark the end of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site – but for savvy drivers, the route continues around the Exe Estuary to offer breath-taking landscapes.
Unlike the M5, don’t whizz past the Exe without appreciating this largely unsung tidal valley with world-class panoramic views. And if there’s time to take an urban break from the coastal roads, the thriving and historic cathedral city of Exeter makes a good stopover.
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The small town of Budleigh Salterton is a rarity on the SW660 route.
It stands on the Jurassic Coast between popular holiday beaches at Ladram Bay and Sandy Bay and has its own two-mile pebble beach. Yet Budleigh has hardly any tourist development at all.
It’s worth visiting to see its highly protected, conservation status and the town’s downright dislike of commercialism. There’s no seafront hotel, no amusements or pubs by the beach. Instead, the tourist office stresses that Budleigh has a ‘courteous atmosphere’ that includes one of Europe’s largest croquet clubs, a gloriously quirky thatched museum and flower-bedecked stream running down the High Street.
Staying in the area
- Self Catering
Self Cater Sidmouth
The Kingswood Hotel
Dukes Seaside Inn