Walks around Sidmouth

The regency resort of Sidmouth is the jewel of East Devon nestling beneath majestic red cliffs and the green hills of the glorious Sid Valley. 

Explore the coastal corridor with these walks along and around the South West Coast Path.

  • Hole House & Edge Barton - 3.1 miles (5.0 km)

    Easy

    A lovely walk through fields and woods around the picturesque hamlet of Branscombe, with its thatched cottages and workshops. Almost every footstep offers up a fascinating glimpse of Branscombe history - from the Stone Age men who made their tools with local flints, through sixth and seventh century Celtic saints and medieval Saxons, Normans and Crusaders, to the sixteenth century, when most of the village was built.

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  • Hooken Cliffs - 4.1 miles (6.6 km)

    Beer Boats Photographer Norman Price (2013 Photo Competition entry)
    Moderate

    A ramble through the Hooken Undercliff, where a dramatic landslip in 1790 left a tumbled landscape where thick vegetation is speared through by spectacular white cliffs and pinnacles, providing a haven for wildlife. Returning along the clifftops above, where there are spectacular views in either direction of red cliffs soaring beyond the white, the walk links the villages of Beer and Branscombe with tales of smugglers, Romans and lacemakers.

    Part of this walk takes in the Mason's Trail.

    East Beach, Beer is a dog...

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  • Otterton & Mutter's Moor - 7.0 miles (11.3 km)

    Walkers on Coast Path near Chiselbury Bay. SWCP Team Photo.
    Challenging

    An invigorating hike through the woods and moorland inland from High Peak, with standing stones that moved, a woodcutter who hid contraband beneath his logs when times were hard, and a landscape crisscrossed with ancient pathways.

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  • Otter Valley Wildlife Walk - 2.7 miles (4.4 km)

    Budleigh rocks in the sun Photographer Jonathan Neale (2013 Photo Competition entry)
    Easy

    An easy stroll through the breathtakingly beautiful Lower Otter Valley with its wonderful diversity of wildlife. The valley is managed as a nature reserve, and there are hides and viewing platforms along the river, as well as an abundance of information en route. Look out for dragonflies and kingfishers, moths and butterflies, frogs and fish, ducks and waders. An especially good walk for younger children, who will love the abundance of wildlife and the many viewing places. A pleasure in autumn, whne the leaves start...

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  • Passaford & Pavers - 6.4 miles (10.3 km)

    Walkers on Coast Path near Chiselbury Bay. SWCP Team Photo.
    Challenging

    An inland walk exploring the history of a community which turned to farming when the river silted up and the maritime trade began to wane. Two of the farms featured are listed buildings, with thatch and cob farmhouses and brick and flint outbuildings. An optional shortcut bypasses some of the steep ascent and descent.

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  • The Masons Trail - 6.4 miles (10.2 km)

    Branscombe, on a family weekend walk Photographer alexander darlington (2012 Photo Competition entry)
    Moderate

    The Masons Trail is a short trail using the South West Coast Path and footpaths that reveals the rich legacy of stone working and quarrying in the area. This can be traced back to Roman times and has been a major industry in the area. With this walk discover the stories of these past industrial relics that lie hidden behind the tranquil beauty of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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