Lyme Regis to Exeter

T he A30 and A35 may be the most direct routes for road users to Exeter, however, a detour through winding high-hedged lanes and cliff-top roads offers so much more.

Discover chocolate-box villages and wonderful coastal views, those of which you won’t find elsewhere. Take the lesser-known route and embark on the journey of a lifetime. Not sure where to begin? We’re taking you through our guide of this stretch of the South West 660 to help you on your way. 


Lyme Regis

Situated on the Jurassic Coast, Lyme Regis is renowned for its beautiful beaches, fascinating history, and charming harbour. You could easily spend a few days in the area with the rich variety of activities, but with so much to explore along the South West 660, Lyme Regis acts as the ideal launchpad for the next segment of your adventure.  

After a refreshing night’s sleep in the stunning seaside bolthole, the Rock Point, fuel up with a bite to eat before hitting the road. As you set off, you’ll immediately drive through a stunning sequence of rolling cliffs, encompassing all the colours of the rainbow. You’ll soon arrive in the sleepy seaside villages of Axmouth, Seaton, and Beer – the latter of which is certainly worth a quick pitstop to explore the charming main street leading to a hidden gem, a small photogenic stony beach where fishing boats are pulled between white cliffs.  



Before reaching Sidmouth, why not detour through Branscombe – a village well regarded as one of the most relaxing and picturesque along the Jurassic Coastline, and in Britain generally. Pop by the Donkey Sanctuary, it’s a short distance away and perfect for keeping the kids entertained. Or, why not slow down your pace with a delicious meal in the recently refurbished Mason Arms?  



Pass through the two miles of seafront at the mouth of the Exe and you’ll eventually arrive at the scenic Topsham. If won’t take long to see why the estuary landscape is one of the West Country’s best-kept secrets, with stunning landscapes on every turn. Once a bustling river port, it’s now a vibrant suburb of Exeter. Explore narrow cobble-stone streets and hop from historic buildings to independent boutiques.  

If you prefer to stay out of town, this is a perfect place to settle for the evening. Find a room in the lovingly restored 14th century Globe, decorated with rich textures and warm colours. Snuggle up, ready for another jam-packed day or, if you have time, wander along the riverside.  



Just four miles from Topsham lies the bustling city of Exeter. A firm favourite amongst musicians, artists and foodies, Exeter has a real sense of individuality, making it a must-stop spot along the South West 660. Soak up the history as you meander down the cobbled streets, nipping into independent boutiques as you go.  

We have two pubs in the city to suit your preference – located in the very heart of Exeter, you’ll find Samuel Jones, or for a slightly slower paced pint, try Mill on the Exe, idyllically sitting on the waterside. Stay in beautiful, historic rooms overlooking the River Exe and rest your head before embarking on the next segment of your journey along the SW 660.  

The roadtrip of a lifetime

South West 660 is an iconic road trip from Poole in Dorset to Watchet in Somerset, following the beautiful coastline of south west England. With 12 unique sections, each around 50 miles long, you will experience the diversity and splendour of the four counties that make up this corner of the UK.