Spring is the perfect time of year to enjoy the many walks around Sidmouth as the ground is beginning to dry out after winter and the countryside is bursting into life.
Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or an occasional rambler there are a wealth of walks around Sidmouth to suit your walking style.
If you’re visiting the area, here’s a selection of walks around Sidmouth for you to consider. We’ve ordered them from easy to challenging.
Salcombe Hill sampler
If you don’t fancy attempting the challenging Salcombe Hill walk there is a shorter (0.8-mile) and easier alternative. Leaving from the Salcombe Hill National Trust Car Park, this short, level walk explores the National Trust land on Salcombe Hill and provides extensive views of Sidmouth and the Jurassic Coast with plenty of seats along the route.
The Byes Riverside walk
This easy, delightful, 2-mile walk follows the river from Sidford to Sidmouth through The Byes, a mixture of parkland, wildflower meadows, fields and farmland.
Mutter’s Moor and Peak Hill
This is a moderate 3.3-mile walk that follows ancient tracks. The route starts and ends at Muttersmoor Car Park on the edge of Sidmouth. Crossing the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the walk provides breathtaking views in every direction, from stunning coastal vistas to beautiful countryside scenes.
Salcombe Hill circular walk
This 5-mile route starts and finishes at Salcombe Hill car park, opposite the Norman Lockyer Observatory on the Sidmouth to Salcombe Regis road. The walk follows the coastline before turning inland through a valley to the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary, continuing down to Salcombe Regis and then returning through woodland to the start point.
Otterton and Mutters Moor
For more seasoned walkers this challenging 7-mile circular walk is worth the effort, covering the Jurassic coastline and East Devon countryside. The route starts at Muttersmoor Car Park, before heading out along the South West Coast Path, and then turning inland through woods and moorland, passing through the quaint village of Otterton along the way.
There are many more alternative walking routes around Sidmouth. If you’d like to find more, the South West Coast Path website provides several alternatives.
With such a plethora of amazing walks around Sidmouth be sure to pack your walking boots when you come to stay at the Royal York & Faulkner Hotel!