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Seaton to Branscombe

  • Seaton EX12

Start: Seaton main beach, Seaton EX12
Finish: Mason’s Arms, Branscombe

A beautiful stretch of cliff-top walking anytime of year, this stroll can be wild and woolly in winder, but still very rewarding. On bluebird summer days it is absolutely picturesque. Start your walk at low tide, when you'll be able to walk the length of Seaton main beach (dogs allowed year-round once you're past Castle Hill) to Seaton Hole. Climb the steep steps at the end of the beach and take a left after passing the kiosk, to climb steeply up a small section of road before turning left on to the cliff top path. You're on the South West Coast Path now – follow this until it drops into the picturesque fishing village of Beer, where you can grab a halftime beer in either of the dog-friendly pubs, the Anchor or the Dolphin.

It's uphill again from here, over Beer Head and across the white cliffs, past the dramatically positioned old Life Guard's house, and down onto Branscombe Beach, where a container ship famously came to grief in 2007, prompting an onslaught of scavengers searching for modern-day booty. This is normally a beautifully tranquil beach, however, with large areas where dogs are permitted all year. Head inland to visit the dog-friendly Masons Arms in the village, before either catching the bus back to Seaton (dogs travel free) or looping back by walking west along Branscombe Beach until you almost reach the Pinnacles. Turn left and follow the path back up to the clifftop and then retrace your steps into Beer.

Length: 4 miles (6.5 kilometres) each way
Difficulty: Moderate