Hampshire Hikes & Historical Sites
Bring intriguing coastal trails and history alive in South Hampshire.
Explore everything from the dramatic Jurassic Coast trails to the rolling hills of the Sidmouth countryside
South West England
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 79605
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.
Devon coastal walks allow you to truly immerse yourself in the stunning landscape dotted across this charismatic location. You’ll meander marvellous tracks past sandstone cliffs, which change colour with the angle of the sun and transform from brilliant red to burnt umber. So, admire the contrast of the lush, green pastures and the blue haze of the sea, in this prime rambling region.
You can choose from a sublime selection of walks here, starting with magnificent clifftop trails, followed by diverse terrains which are rich in wildlife. Both the extensive moorland and lowland heath provide tremendous trekking, too.
As well as the 95-mile-long Jurassic Coast shoreline, you can explore numerous passages along the Exe and Axe Estuaries, including the East Devon Way and many other circular strolls. Plus, there are centuries of local history to uncover throughout.
The duration of your getaway will be spent in the traditional and charming area of Sidmouth, which is perfectly placed for memorable, scenic walking. This friendly town is not only found on the glorious South West Coast Path, but it also lies close to the red rock precipices of Salcombe Hill, which offer impressive views over the village.
Our guided walking holiday in Devon lets you experience the finest hiking routes in this captivating county.
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
Itinerary & Travel
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.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Independent arrival at the Mount Pleasant Hotel in Sidmouth. Check in is 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Independent departure from the Mount Pleasant Hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 10.30am. 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 2021 - 22nd May 2021 (5 Nights)
13th Jun 2021 - 18th Jun 2021 (5 Nights)
18th Jul 2021 - 23rd Jul 2021 (5 Nights)
29th Aug 2021 - 3rd Sep 2021 (5 Nights)
3rd Oct 2021 - 8th Oct 2021 (5 Nights)
Public buses will be used, where necessary, to reach the start and finish points of walks. The cost of transport is included in the price of your holiday.
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.
NEW for 2021, we stay at the Mount Pleasant Hotel, close to the River Sid and opposite National Trust Parkland, a quiet in which to enjoy stay, yet the hotel is only a short level walk to the town and Sidmouth's lovely mile long sand and pebble beach.
Hosted by Jonty and Bev the hotel is grade II listed and a fine example of early Georgian architecture. Built around 1795 as a private residence it was subsequently used as a rectory before the building was turned into a hotel during the last century.
The hotel prides itself in its 17 Individually styled en suite bedrooms, a comfy lounge and peaceful garden. All rooms are individually styled, with varying views, but all just as beautiful. Bedrooms have a TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Please note the hotel only has one pure single room at no supplement. The remaining singles are Double Rooms for Sole Use. Please note that bedrooms are on various levels on the hotel and there is no lift in the hotel, however should you require help with your bags, please ask hotel staff for assistance.
This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To reach Sidmouth;
Directions form the M5 (12 miles)
Leave the Motorway at junction 30, from the roundabout follow signs for Exmouth/Sidmouth. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit (straight ahead) onto the A3052 which is the main route to Sidmouth. Stay on this road and after climbing the steep hill out of Newton Poppleford the right turn to sidmouth is approximately 300 yards after the top of the hill (opposite the Bowd Inn). Follow this road down into Sidmouth. At the first roundabout you reach turn left. Proceed to the next roundabout and turn left again. Then take the 2nd right opposite the Radway Cinema. The hotel is 200 yards down this road just after the bridge.
Direction from the A303
Follow the A303 until it becomes the A30. When you reach Honiton take the exit of the duel carriageway sign posted Sidmouth. Turn left at the end of the slip road and then left again at the roundabout at top of the road by the garage. Turn right at the next roundabout and straight on at the next then follow this road (A375) through Sidbury to Sidford. At the traffic lights turn left then follow the road out of Sidford past the Blue Ball Inn on your left then right at the bottom of the hill signposted for Sidmouth. Follow this road down into Sidmouth and you will spot the hotel sign ahead of you as you bear right into the town then turn left and immediately sharp left again onto the hotel driveway on Milford Road.
The hotel has free parking available to all guests.
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 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.
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.
Accommodation is on a half board basis with buffet breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel. Picnic lunches are not included.
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:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
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 & More
Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer 115 Exmouth & Sidmouth
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
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
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You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
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.
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.
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.
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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