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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 79605,79607
  • Holiday Type Holidays With Two Grades Of Walking, No Single Room Supplement
  • Grade

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Grade 4, Grade 6
  • Holiday Duration 5, 7 Nights


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.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy superb coastal and inland walks.
  • Explore the Regency town of Sidmouth
  • Admire the Jurassic Coastline - a World Heritage Site

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 (subject to availability).
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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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

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 & 6

  1. Day 1

    Independent arrival at 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

    Five days guided walking of Lyme Bay and the Jurassic Coast and one rest day mid-week. Dinner each evening is in the hotel restaurant.

    The walking programme is likely to include a selection of walks from the following, which give an indication of the nature of the walking terrain and the format of your chosen holiday

    East of Sidmouth - 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. About 7.5 miles and 500m of ascent & descent. For those that want to cut the walk short, the distance to the Donkey Sanctuary is 4.5 miles and 400m of ascent & descent.

    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. 

  3. Day 3

    Fire Beacon Hill. Tipton and the River Otter. 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. 

  4. Day 4

    Coast & River Path and Otterton. 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. 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. 

  5. Day 5

    A free day to do as you wish. 

  6. Day 6

    Pebblebed Heath and Commons. This is a walk from Joney's Cross over some of East Devon's commons, at times following the East Devon Way. About 9½ miles with 300m of ascent & descent. 

    The grade 6 walk starts in Newton Poppleford then crosses Harpford Common before joining the grade 4 walkers at Joney's Cross. About 10 miles with 400m of ascent & descent. 

  7. Day 7

    Classic Jurassic Coastline. 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. 

  8. Day 8

    Independent departure from the Sidholme Hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 10.30am. 

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

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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