The two miles of seafront from a glossy yacht marina at the mouth of the Exe to the weathered red cliffs at Orcombe headland make an interesting drive – or a bracing walk.
However you travel the views west from Exmouth are always good. At sunset they’re spectacular. From the beach, or historic terraces behind, see the strange sandbar of Dawlish Warren poking across the river mouth and, beyond that, a sequence of headlands right round to Berry Head at Brixham.
Exmouth is the biggest town on the coast between Weymouth and Torquay, so expect plenty of places to shop, drink, stay and eat. Highlights include a floating seafood restaurant in the Exe Estuary and stylish beach bars.