The High Lands of Orcombe


Orcombe Point at Exmouth marks the beginning of the Jurassic Coast, as well as being a part of the South West Coast Path. Start by walking east along the sea front until the road ends, in front of the red cliff. Look left and climb the zigzag path to the top.

There’s a bench or two along the way.

With plenty to see.

And these information circles dotted on the bank as you climb up the hill are an excuse to stop and breathe!

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It really isn’t very long before you reach the top.Where for a while the sea is out of view.


We pass a field where orchids are abundant in May.

Then look seawards again.

On a clear day you can see as far as Portland, but not this time. We’ve found these instead!

Who can play hopscotch?

I did it all the way to the needle, this bit’s for Meg.

If you start walking by the lifeboat station on Marine Drive, then up the cliff to the needle, it’s less than a mile and a half. If you keep going you reach Sandy Bay, with it’s caravan park in another mile. So this walk could take less that an hour, if only there weren’t such wonderful distracting views!

This little stroll is for Jo, my first Monday walk for a long time. Happy Monday Jo 🙂



18 thoughts on “The High Lands of Orcombe

  1. Oh how we would relish such signposts to knowledge! No more standing around debating, but a clear sign that if you see this, it’s called that.thank you for the Needle. It’s a great way to encapsulate eons of time. This walk goes on my bucket list, and I’ve sent a link to the post off to J. Thanks so much for Monday morning pleasures.

  2. I like a walk with benches and photostopping points 😉
    Got soaked through on Friday morning attempting a walk on the coast, and a bit too blustery now to go far. When do you head off to Italy then Gilly?

  3. Bless you, darlin- hopscotch and awe-inspiring sea views! What more could I want? Unless it’s having you with me, that is? Fabulous! Thank you so much. I’m just finishing tomorrow’s walk but it’ll have to go on hold while I watch Rafa. 🙂 🙂 Hugs, sweetheart! Enjoy your holiday 🙂

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