Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton

Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton cycle route overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐

The Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton cycle route runs for 5.6 miles, from Exmouth train station to Budleigh Salterton, mostly along a disused railway line. There is a short on-road section early on in Exmouth, along a 20mph residential road, and from the outskirts of the village of Budleigh Salterton, the route follows (normally) quiet roads to the beach. Within Exmouth, after Phear Park, there are a few short stints on roads, too, before you join the old railway.

The old railway has a tar surface that’s rather good, and you will be cycling through tranquil woodlands.

When cycling with especially young children, consider simply staying on the old railway line.

Surface on the Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton cycle route

The surface is almost entirely tarred, but in some places it can be a bit bumpy.


There are quite a number of places near the start to get refreshments, many of which can be reached traffic-free.
There’s the Bumble & Tee café in Phear Park, but nothing further until you’re in Budleigh Salterton, where there are several choices.


You can use any type of bicycle along this route, including cargo bikes and tandems.


There are public toilets near the start, in Phear Park, and again in Budleigh Salterton.


Safety: ⭐⭐⭐
Hilliness: ⭐⭐⭐
Refreshment stops: ⭐⭐⭐
Barriers: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Surface: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Overall: ⭐⭐⭐

The grading system I use is explained here.

Points of Interest

You will love the Budleigh Salterton beach.

Routes in Devon

See also  Rutland Water cycle route


There are no barriers along the route, but there is a single wooden gate at the Budleigh Salterton end of the old railway. People who cannot dismount may struggle with that gate.

Cycle Hire

You can hire bikes at Exmouth Cycle Hire, though that’s right by the train station.

Weather forecast for the Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton cycle route

What the Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton cycle route looks like

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Getting to the Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton cycle route

The route as shown on the map below starts at Exmouth train station, so you can easily get to the start car-free, by taking your bike on the train. As ever, read my Bikes On Trains guide for useful and helpful tips for taking your bike on the train.
You can also combine this route with my Dawlish to Exeter route, and my Exe Estuary route.

Parking near the Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton cycle route

There is public parking next to the Exmouth train station, but during the summer that can rapidly fill up. If driving to the start, consider parking near the Bidmead Community Centre, which is right by the start to the old railway line.

More Routes

To find more routes, click this link.


DayCycle routes are routes that can can easily be cycled by most people in a day, or part of a day. Do have a look at all the other DayCycle routes available on WillCycle. Many contain detailed route guides, as well as embedded maps (like the one below).

See also  Whitehaven to Workington & Camerton Railway Path

Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton cycle route interactive map

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