Orcombe Point circular walk

Walking trail

The most westerly point of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Orcombe Point offers spectacular views over the Exe estuary and out to sea. This walk follows part of the South West Coast Path before passing through meadows rich with wildflowers in the spring and summer. Keep an eye out for birds and butterflies as you walk and pause at the Geoneedle, a landmark representing 180 million years of the Earth’s history with Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rock formations.

Here marks the start of the Jurassic coast

Map

Map showing Orcombe Point circular walk

Start:

Foxholes Hill Road, EX8 2DQ

1

Facing the sea, walk across the grassy area towards the bottom left-hand corner. Follow the footpath through the wooded area and turn left onto the tarmacked footpath. Continue on this path until you come to the National Trust Omega sign.

2

Take the right hand fork and follow the path towards the trees. Continue on down towards the sea, following the path in an arc, back up towards the Geoneedle.

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3

From the Geoneedle follow the South West Coast Path uphill, admiring views of the distinctive red Devon cliffs on your right. On the right you may spot the old look out used by the Exmouth Home Guard during WW2 to keep a watch for enemy invasion. As you reach the summit of the hill take the pathway on your left signposted ‘permissive path’

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4

After walking into the field continue until you see a 'permissive footpath' signpost directing you to the left. Follow the permissive path heading downhill. Continue on this path until you reach the wooden gate and re-join the path near the Geoneedle. – Keep your eyes peeled for Green Winged Orchids during May-June as well as knapweed, bird’s- foot trefoil and corky-fruited water dropwort. These and other important flowers and grasses, help attract wildlife including butterflies like meadow brown, marbled white, small tortoiseshell, peacock and gatekeeper.

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5

Turn right and walk along the path, passing the omega sign and retracing your steps to Foxholes Hill road.

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End:

Foxholes Hill Road

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Orcombe Point circular walk

How to get here

Address
Foxhole Hill Road, EX8 2DQ
By road

At junction 30 off M5, take the A379/A376 exit to Exeter/Exmouth/Sidmouth/A3052 and At the next roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Sidmouth Rd/A376 and remain on Exmouth Road A376 for approximately 7 miles. Turn left onto Gipsy Lane and at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Withycombe Village Rd. At next roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Marpool Hill continuing onto Claremont Grove. Turn right onto Salterton Rd/B3178 and then left onto Cyprus Road, left again onto Douglas Avenue and right onto Maer Road. At the roundabout continue straight onto Foxholes Hill, EX8 2DQ

Orcombe Point circular walk

Facilities and access

  • Nearest public toilets are located in Exmouth town centre
  • Dogs on leads welcome as there may be cattle grazing and ground nesting birds