The south west 660 trail

an iconic road trip from pool in dorset to watchet in somerset | explore the beautiful south west coastline


We are thrilled to be a part of the South West 660 trail. This is the perfect time of the year to explore the wonders of the South West and stop off at our friendly and comfortable hotel along the way. The rush of the summer months is slowing, and there is no better time to savour the delights the west country has to offer. And it can be done at whatever pace you want.

The best routes around Sidmouth

In this blog we have highlighted the 3 key routes close to Sidmouth that we think you should try out: Weymouth to Lyme Regis, Lyme Regis to Exeter and Exeter to Dartmouth.

The perfect pit stop

When it comes to accommodation close to these trails, especially Lyme Regis to Exeter, we’ve got you covered here at the Bedford Hotel. From our delicious seasonal food and local drinks; rooms with comfy beds and the option of having a sea view, there is no better place to unwind after an exciting day of discovering the beauty of the South West.

Weymouth to Lyme Regis (starting in Dorset)

There are plenty of things to see with this trail as you move along the Jurassic coast from Dorset towards Devon. Below we have listed some attractions we think you should check out,  but there are so many more to choose from, so pick what peaks your interest. 

  • Golden Cap– This orange sandstone hill and cliff is one of the highest points along the whole Southern England coastline. From the cliff, beautiful views of Lyme bay can be seen, so this is the perfect spot for scenic walks and a well-needed reconnect with nature.
  • Chesil beach– This is an iconic Dorset landmark, and consists of an 18 mile long pebble barrier beach unlike any other. As part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, there is so much history here. In fact the flint and chert found on the beach dates as far back as the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods, so it’s definitely worth a visit.
  • Lyme RegisFrom the picturesque harbour, to the ancient town watermill and the seafront Marine Theatre dating back to the 1800s, Lyme Regis is a must see. Known for its striking geology and beautiful scenery, it is a perfect way to end your trail in Dorset and start moving into Devon. 

    Lyme Regis to Exeter (starting in Devon)

    With more of the Jurassic coast to explore and beautiful seaside towns to visit there’s lots to do along this trail. 

    Here are some gems we think you should visit on your way:

    • SidmouthHome to the Bedford Hotel, our stunning coastal town is surrounded by beautiful countryside and framed by red sandstone cliffs. Incredible local cuisines, charming streets, breathtaking beaches and captivating gardens make it the perfect town to explore. 
    • The Exe EstuaryThe towns and villages of the iconic exe estuary are sure to keep you occupied as they boast wonderful riverside walks, unique devon pubs and a plethora of unique wildlife, flora and fauna.  Connect with nature and keep fed and hydrated by visiting the pubs along the way!
    • ExeterExeter’s stunning gothic cathedral, quaint quay and rich history make it a top destination to visit in the South West. There’s so much to discover from its present day University prestige to its Mediaeval and Roman origins. There are also lots of opportunities for shopping here, with top brands and boutique shops, no wonder it’s the region’s favourite.

    Exeter to Dartmouth (starting in Devon)

    In the heart of Devon, this trail shows you some beautiful riverside and seaside towns. From stunning views to ancient history you’ll make lots of amazing memories along the way. Here are some of the locations we think you should visit on route:

    • TeignmouthSituated on the mouth of the River Teign, Teignmouth’s beauty is not to be missed. Discover its Georgian history and Victorian pier or simply walk along its stunning, long sandy beaches.
    • TorquayThis vibrant coastal town is a very popular destination for holidaymakers, and for good reason. Its Victorian appearance, beautiful beaches, stylish shops and seaside eateries makes it a town with lots to offer. 
    • Dartmouth Located on the west bank of the picturesque River Dart, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Dartmouth is well worth a visit. It was once an ancient market town so there is vast history here, which you can explore at your own pace. It also has independent, unique shops to enjoy and incredible restaurants and pubs, including a Michelin star restaurant, so you will be well fed here!


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