Boating on the river in Devon

Beer to Axmouth

posted in: 6 to 8 miles, 8 to 10 miles, Walks | 0


  1. Magnificent coastal views climbing out of Beer
  2. Seaton Promenade, cafes, pubs, ice cream!
  3. Axmouth Harbour. Boats, Crab catching, refreshments
  4. Distant sea views West above Axmouth golf club.
  5. Beautiful Axmouth village and Ship Inn.
  6. River Axe estuary. Magnet for sea birds.


Distance: 6 miles, 3 hours.
Extended walk: 9 miles, 4 hours.
Difficulty: Not arduous, but sea level to clifftop three times.
Recommended map: OS Explorer 1:25000 no 116

Main Route (Walk 2)

Walk down Fore Street from the Mariners’ Hall. Follow the South West Coast Path sign to the left.  Follow path up and over the cliff. Fine views. Reach metalled road. Descend. This lovely spot called Seaton Hole  is worth the small detour down the path. Perhaps for a swim? Then a snack at the café up the slope.

Continue following SW path signs and it meets the Beer Seaton road. After half a mile follow the footpath sign at the end of an Edwardian sea facing terrace on your right and take the path down to the promenade. Another café awaits. Stroll along Seaton Promenade to the end and take the last road left. Right at junction, pass the Axe Marina and cross the old river bridge, now pedestrian. Make a short detour along the picturesque quay to the river mouth. This quay is a favourite for children to catch crabs by the dozen.

Leave the Quay following the river.  Very shortly take the road and path to the right sign posted Axe Cliff Golf club. The public footpath passes through the course becoming a track.

Ignore Right for the SW path to Lyme Regis, but take the footpath left opposite which joins a lane taking you down to Axmouth. On meeting the main road turn left and you will see the Ship Inn.

Walk along the tidal Axe River enjoying the wild fowl. Binoculars would be handy! You arrive back at the bridge. Then retrace your steps along the promenade following the South West Coast Path back to Beer. A whole new range of views will present themselves.


Extended Route (Walk 2a)

At point 4 above do not turn left onto the footpath, but continue straight on. The track joins a quiet lane with valley to the left and meadows to the right until after approximately one mile you reach the hamlet of Dowlands. Take first left onto another quiet lane which descends through fields and woods before arriving at Axmouth where you will again meet the main road shortly before the Inns as in walk 2.

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