The South West Coast Path is a long distance National Trail covering 630 miles from Minehead on the edge of Exmoor to Poole Harbour in Dorset. It receives 8.6 million visits per year in addition to its use by local people and dog walkers.

The East Devon section spans approximately 26 miles, and runs from Exmouth to Lyme Regis, forming part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

The National Trust is a significant landowner along this stretch of coastline, and maintains the path on its own land. The remainder, which is in private ownership, is looked after by the East Devon District Council Countryside team on behalf of Devon County Council.

This includes sections such as the highly popular walk along the river Otter in Budleigh Salterton, and the visually stunning Underhooken between Beer and Branscombe.

Work undertaken includes regular path clearing during the summer months, maintaining viewpoints, upgrading steps and gates and ensuring the route continues to be well signed, helping the South West Coast Path to retain its position as the UK's favourite walk.