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Sidmouth & the Devon Coast

Walking Jurassic Coast footpaths and inland East Devon rolling hill country from the traditional and charming resort of Sidmouth.

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  • 5 nights
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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.

Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.

Grade 6

Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent.

These walks are in more remote areas such as Andorra or northern Portugal.

Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Sidmouth is wonderfully situated for scenic coastal and inland walking
  • Located on the South West Coast Path at the mouth of the Sid Valley
  • Enjoy walks in the Jurassic Coast Heritage Site
  • A visit to the Donkey Sanctuary

The sandstone cliffs change colour with the path of the sun, from brilliant red to burnt umber, contrasting with the lush green sheep-dotted pastures inland and the blue haze of the sea. This is fine rambling country.

Sidmouth is ideally sited for wonderful scenic walking both coastal and inland. As well as the 95 mile long Jurassic Coast shoreline there are numerous trails along the Exe and Axe Estuaries, the East Devon Way and many other circular walks. Sidmouth is on the South West Coast Path at the mouth of the Sid Valley between the red rock cliffs of Peak and Salcombe Hills rising 500ft above the village.

Walks lead off in all directions; the magnificent cliff top coastal trails; and there are extensive moorland and lowland heath country rich in wildlife to explore and centuries of local history to encounter.

NO Single Room Supplement - rooms without a supplement are subject to availability.

  • Half board en suite accommodation.
  • All local transport to and from the walks.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent arrival at the Sidholme Hotel in Sidmouth. Check in is from 2pm. You will meet your tour leader and group members prior to dinner for a brieng and welcome. Dinner each evening is taken in the hotel restaurant at 7pm. 

Day 2

A coastal walk going east and inland to the Donkey Sanctuary

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    522m

This is a hilly walk and may feel like a higher grade walk due to this, but we will be rewarded with superb coastal scenery of the famous Jurassic Coast. The lunch stop will be at the Donkey Sanctuary at Weston where there are refreshment facilities as well as many animals to look at. Buses go back to Sidmouth from here, but the inland return route via Salcombe Regis is mostly downhill and is easy walking. 

Day 3

Fire Beacon Hill, Tipton and the River Otter

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    390m

This is an inland walk through heathland, woods and riverside with some spectacular views of the coast from Fire Beacon Hill nature reserve and including sections of the East Devon Way. 

Day 4

Coast & River Path and Otterton

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    9.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    563m

Today is a coastal walk to Otterton via Mutters Moor and Ladram Bay. Should the weather be clear we will ascend the short stony path to High Peak where the expansive view of Lyme Bay will open up before us. After Ladram Bay we head inland to the pretty village of Otterton for lunch where there is a pub and a tea room. There is the option at this point to catch the hourly service bus back to Sidmouth if you wish. We will then return to the coast path after walking along the river Otter, now famous for its wild beavers and cross countryside to gently descend into Sidmouth continuing along the seafront back to our hotel. 

Day 5

Pebblebed Heath and Commons

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    352m

Our last walking day takes us on a walk from Joney's Cross over some of East Devon's commons. Much of this walk is on the Pebblebed Heath, one of the rarest habitats in England. This extensive area is one of the jewels in the crown of the East Devon countryside and comprises open heathland and wooded areas. 

Day 6

Departure Day

Meals

Breakfast

Independent departure from the Sidholme Hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 10am. We hope you have had an enjoyable holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

19th Apr 2020 - 24th Apr 2020 (5 Nights)

14th Jun 2020 - 19th Jun 2020 (5 Nights)

19th Jul 2020 - 24th Jul 2020 (5 Nights)

6th Sep 2020 - 11th Sep 2020 (5 Nights)

18th Oct 2020 - 23rd Oct 2020 (5 Nights)

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent arrival at the Sidholme Hotel in Sidmouth. Check in is available from 2pm. You will meet your tour leader and group members prior to dinner for a briefing and welcome. Dinner each evening is taken in the hotel restaurant at 7pm.

Day 2

East of Sidmouth

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we offer a coastal walk going east and inland to the Donkey Sanctuary. This is a hilly walk and may feel like a higher grade walk due to this, but we will are rewarded with superb coastal scenery of the famous Jurassic Coast. The lunch stop is at the Donkey Sanctuary at Weston where there are refreshment facilities as well as many animals to look at. Buses go back to Sidmouth from here, but the inland return route via Salcombe Regis is mostly downhill and is easy walking. For those that want to cut the walk short, the distance to the Donkey Sanctuary is 4.5 miles and 400m of ascent & descent, otherwise the walk today will involve 7.5 miles and 522m of ascent & descent overall. 

The grade 6 walk is just over 1 mile longer and involves three major climbs on the coast path, with some 600m of ascent & descent overall.

Day 3

Fire Beacon Hill, Tipton and the River Otter

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is an inland walk through heathland, woods and riverside with some spectacular views of the coast from Fire Beacon Hill nature reserve and including sections of the East Devon Way. The grade 4 walk is about 8 miles with 300m of ascent & descent.

The grade 6 walk follows a similar route but goes deeper into the Devon countryside north of Tipton St John. About 10 miles with 400m of ascent & descent.

Day 4

Coast & River Path and Otterton

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

A coastal walk today to Otterton via Mutters Moor and Ladram Bay. Should the weather be clear we will ascend the short stony path to High Peak where the expansive view of Lyme Bay will open up before us. After Ladram Bay we head inland to the pretty village of Otterton for lunch where there is a pub and a tea room. There is the option at this point to catch the hourly service bus back to Sidmouth. We will then return to the coast path after walking along the river Otter, now famous for its wild beavers and cross countryside to gently descend into Sidmouth continuing along the seafront back to our hotel.

The grade 4 walk is about 9.5 miles with 400m of ascent & descent. The half day walk as far as Otterton is about 5 miles with 350m of ascent & descent. The grade 6 walk is about 2.5 miles longer, taking in more of the South West Coast Path and joining the River Otter south of Otterton. About 11 miles with 500m of ascent & descent.

Day 5

Classic Jurassic Coastline

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

This is a hilly walk taking in the village of Beer followed by a steep descent into Branscombe Mouth. Both grades of walks join the coast path before Branscombe village, then take the hilly inland route back to Beer. Finally, we pick up the coast path once more and continue to the end of the walk at Seaton.

The grade 4 walk is about 8 miles with 500m of ascent & descent. The grade 6 walk goes further along the Jurassic coast to the west of Branscombe before heading back towards Beer. About 10 miles with 600m of ascent & descent.

Day 6

Departure Day

Meals

Breakfast

Independent departure from the Sidholme Hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 10am. We hope you have had an enjoyable holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

17th May 2020 - 22nd May 2020 (5 Nights)

13th Sep 2020 - 18th Sep 2020 (5 Nights)

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Sidholme Hotel

We stay at the Sidholme Hotel, an elegant Georgian mansion set within 9 acres of beautiful grounds and just a short stroll from the seafront and Jurassic Coast. The mansion was originally built for the 6th Earl of Buckinghamshire and was known as Richmond Lodge; it’s now been welcoming guests for 80 years.

It is particularly noted for its magnificent Music Room with chandeliers and Gothic style organ. The hotel has a good size indoor heated swimming pool, fair trade coffee shop and restaurant. A buffet style breakfast is served everyday.

Rooms have a simple country house style and come with en-suite facilities, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryers. Free internet is available.

Please note that single rooms without supplements are subject to availability.


Trip Information

All the details you need

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

To reach Sidmouth;

By car (From North, South & West): Take the M5 to junction 30. Turn onto the A3052 to Sidmouth through Newton Poppleford. Follow signs to Sidmouth. Keep on A3052 ignoring first two right turns for Sidmouth. At traffic lights by the garage, turn right towards Sidmouth onto A375. Follow this road for approximately 1 mile through a built-up area, past children’s playground on right and past a Spar on the right. Turn right immediately opposite the Volunteer pub into Peaslands Road. Travel up the hill and take first left into Denby Terrace. Christian Guild gates and back entrance to hotel is opposite. Follow sign to reception.

By car (From East & London): At Honiton take A375 to Sidmouth for approximately 12 miles then follow directions from Sidmouth onto A375. Follow this road for approximately 1 mile through a built up area, past children’s playground on right and past a Spar on the right. Turn right immediately opposite the Volunteer pub into Peaslands Road. Travel up the hill and take first left into Denby Terrace. Christian Guild gates and back entrance to hotel is opposite. Follow the sign to reception.

Public transport: the nearest mainline railway station to Sidmouth is in Exmouth. Alternatively, take the train to Exeter St Davids. Frequent bus services connect the station to Exeter bus station, then take the 9 or 9A bus to Sidmouth. We advise you to check the bus timetables as services on a Sunday may be limited. If arriving by train from London (Waterloo), we recommend you alight at Honiton and from there, catch the hourly number 9 bus directly to Sidmouth. 

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the accommodation: www.rome2rio.com 

Route planning to and from Sidmouth. The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk 

Meeting your tour leader and fellow walkers

Please check the time of dinner (approximately 7pm) on arrival at the hotel and aim to be in the hotel lounge half an hour before dinner for an introduction to your Ramblers Walking Holidays tour leader and an outline of the planned programme for your holiday.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for United Kingdom

Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.

Meals

Accommodation is on a half board basis with buffet breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel. Picnic lunches are not included.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

National Trust & English Heritage

If you’re a member of either of these organisations don’t forget to bring your membership cards as this holiday may include sites relevant to these memberships or you may wish to visit any local sites on a free day should they be nearby.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer 115 Exmouth & Sidmouth

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.

Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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