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SIDMOUTH & THE DEVON COAST

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Walking Jurassic Coast footpaths and inland East Devon rolling hill country from the traditional and charming resort of Sidmouth. 
  • Product Code 79605,79602
  • Holiday Type No Single Room Supplement
  • Grade Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 2, 5 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays Sidmouth

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. Visitors have been coming here since the late 18th century, building cottages which became Georgian mansions and enjoying the views from the beachfront Regency esplanade across Lyme Bay to the isle of Portland in the east and Berry Head promontory and Brixham to the west.

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.

We are based in an ideal location to explore both the Devon coast and also the inland area of down and heathland. The Otter River adds contrast to the coastal walking.

Local highlights include the Donkey Sanctuary, a short walk to the east of Sidmouth, along the coastal path. We also visit Otterton on the banks of the River Otter, oddly the home for Britain’s only population of wild beaver.




Holiday Highlights

HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Walking the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site
  • Based at an elegant Regency town by the sea
  • Superb coastal and inland walking

The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Half board en suite accommodation.
      All local transport to and from the walks.
      Prices based on sharing a twin room with en-suite facilities. No Single Room Supplement.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, 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.

This departure: Grade 4

  1. Day 1

    Independent arrival to the Sidholme Hotel in Sidmouth. Check in is from 2pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner.

  2. Day 2

    Four days guided walking of Lyme Bay and the Jurassic Coast. Dinner each evening is in the hotel restaurant. Our proposed itinerary for the holiday is as follows;

     

    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. 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. About 9.5 miles and 1902 feet of ascent. The half day walk is about 5 miles and 1132 feet of ascent.

  3. Day 3

    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 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. About 7.5 miles and 1676 feet of ascent. The distance to the Donkey Sanctuary is 4.5 miles and 1568 feet of ascent.

  4. Day 4

    Classic Jurassic Coastline - Today we catch the service bus that takes us to the downs above the town of Seaton. We then cross typical Devon rolling countryside before descending into the attractive seaside town of Beer. We then join the magnificent coastal path taking us west to Branscombe Mouth where there is a café by the beach where we can take our lunch. In the afternoon we return to Beer by an inland route where we will again join the coast path which takes us into Seaton. There should be time to look around the town or take in some refreshment before catching the bus back to Sidmouth. About 8 miles and 1866 feet of ascent.

  5. Day 5

    We have other walks to choose from, both inland and coastal walks, all at similar distances as the walks mentioned above. Your leader will discuss with you the walks programme in more detail.

  6. Day 6

    Departure from hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 10.30am.

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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, bar and (there is no bar in the hotel) lounge 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.


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