Exmouth to Budeligh
Exmouth to Budleigh
As you arrive into Exmouth you have too choices. You can either follow the trail past the Railway Station and on down to Exmouth sea front or at the point pictured above left and highlighted at the start point on the map or follow National Cycle Route 2 on the old railway line to Budleigh Salterton. This route does have some quiet on road sections, so be aware if you have small children or novice cyclists with you.
As you proceed to the end Carter avenue you will see a Pedestrian crossing and a cross roads. The signs should be easy to note so cross the road using the crossing and then proceed to the left for about 25 metres and turn into Lyndhurst Road (on road section) till the end and then turn right. You will see a level crossing so again cross over and you should see the entrance to Phear Park. Proceed to the entrance road and follow it up the hill to the Cafe. Watch out for errant Golf balls as a pitch and put course is located at the top of the park and the trail passes right through it. Eventually you will see some railings and you will join the old railway line to Budleigh.
When you to the end of the railway line turn right up Bradham lane whilst staying on the pavement and proceed to the top of the hill (it is steep but not long). When you arrive at the top you will note another level crossing. Cross to other side and follow the small alley and it will bring you into Littleham. Again cross the road and it lead through the back of some houses and you will rejoin the old railway line to Budleigh.
As the trail progress's it will go from nice smooth tarmac North of Littleham to a quite rough surface. This is not suitable for a road bike but should be fine for a Hybrid, Trail or Mountain bike. As you follow the trail, will pass through some stunning wooded areas before arriving at the back of Budeligh.
As this route is part of Le Tour De Manche, Cycle route 2 will take you around the back of Budleigh and you will proceed onwards to Sidmouth and miss out on some of the beauty of this small town. With this in mind, you can either follow the signs down Coastguard Road and behold the views featured in the pictures or alternatively head back to Exeter or if you are feeling incredibly brave carry on towards Sidmouth. (NOT RECOMMENDED unless you love very very steep hills).