Boats moored at Exmouth
Boats moored at Exmouth. Photo: Copright Visit Devon

Exmouth is the western gateway to the Jurassic Coast. It lies on the east bank of the mouth of the River Exe, about 12 miles south east of Exeter. The town has been a popular seaside resort since the 18th century and is thought to be the oldest holiday resort in Devon.

The beach has two miles of golden sand and a wealth of rock pools to explore, making it a paradise for children and families. It is also a popular destination for a variety of watersports including kite surfing, kayaking and windsurfing.

The nearby Exe estuary is one of the most beautiful in Britain, and is a haven for birdlife. A large part of the estuary lies within a nature reserve and is noted in particular for migrating and wading birds including sandpipers and the rare avocet.

Orcombe Point

Orcombe Point, just to the east of Exmouth, marks the official western end of the World Heritage Site. A ‘geoneedle’ on the hilltop was unveiled by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2002 to inaugurate the World Heritage Site. The geoneedle is constructed from stone representing both the major building stones of the Jurassic Coast and the sequence of rocks deposited along its 95 miles.

The Exmouth Geoneedle
The Exmouth Geoneedle. Photo: Copyright David Westcott

Getting there

  • There are regular bus services to Exmouth from Exeter, Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton.
  • Exmouth railway station is a 25 minute journey from Exeter, which provides connections to London and the rest of the UK.
  • By road Exmouth is reached via the A376 which runs south from Exeter and the M5.
  • Accessible parking is available near the geoneedle.

Need to know

One of the best ways to really appreciate the Jurassic coastline is to take a boat trip, and Exmouth makes a great base for an excursion.