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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
  • 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 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - Sidmouth & the Devon Coast

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. Local highlights of the holiday include a visit to the Donkey Sanctuary, a short walk to the east of Sidmouth, along the coastal path. 

We offer this holiday at one grade with one leader on some departures, and on others, we offer two grades of walks each day with two leaders. 

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy superb coastal and inland walks
  • Explore the Regency town of Sidmouth
  • Admire the Jurassic Coastline - a World Heritage Site
  • A visit to the Donkey Sanctuary 

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 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.

This departure: Grade 4

  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

    There will be four days of guided walking offered around Lyme Bay and the Jurassic Coast. 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. 

    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 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.

  3. Day 3

    Fire Beacon Hill, Tipton and the River Otter - 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. The view from Fire Beacon Hill is extensive on a good day with views as far away as Dartmoor. The hill is part of the East Devon Pebblebed Heath and Dartford Warblers. About 8 miles, 4½ miles.

  4. Day 4

    Coast & River Path, 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. About 9.5 miles and 1,902 feet of ascent. The half day walk is about 5 miles and 1,132 feet of ascent.

  5. Day 5

    Pebblebed Heath and Commons - 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. About 9½ miles, 4½ hours.

  6. Day 6

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

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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.