Walk - Peak Hill

0.8 miles (1.3 km)

Muttersmoor Car Park - EX10 0NW Muttersmoor Car Park

Easy - The walk over well trimmed grassland is level, short and accessible to all. There are 3 kissing gates - one at the start of the walk. And one each at the beginning and end of the walk through the National Trust woodland.

This short, level walk over well trimmed grassland provides exceptional views over the western end of the Jurassic Coast towards the mouth of the River Exe and then beyond to Dawlish, Teignmouth and Torbay. A good walk in autumn, when the heath is bright with heather and gorse, and birds raid the bushes for their berries.

To check that this walk is suitable for you click here where you can find additional mapping and photographs showing gradients, path surfaces, and other detailed information.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

The Granary, Larkbeare Grange

Luxury self-catering accommodation with stunning views. 2 Large en-suite bedrooms plus sofa bed. Up to two dogs welcome. Wheelchair friendly.

Victoria Hotel

Glorious sweeping views of Lyme Bay. This magnificent luxury hotel epitomises our traditional values of superb quality, sumptuous cuisine and impeccable service.

The Bedford Hotel

Rooms by the sea. Beautiful, friendly, family run. Regency hotel offering historic, stylish accommodation with stunning views of Lyme Bay.

Southcombe Guest House

Only 10 minutes from the South West Coast Path with easy transport links. Garden & terrace, baggage transfer available.Dog friendly.

Ladram Bay Holiday Park

Celebrating 75 years of 5* family holidays, we offer the opportunity for visitors to join us for a day, holiday or holiday-home ownership.

The Leigh Cottages

8 spacious 1 & 2 bed bungalows in the charming hamlet of Weston, just off the SW Coast Path and Weston Beach. Close to Sidmouth (3 miles).

Sweetcombe Cottage Holidays

Family run, locally based self-catering agency, selecting the best property for you in East Devon. Friendly, helpful team. Over 160 properties..

Oakdown Holiday Park

Family run award winning Holiday Park with touring, camping, glamping units and 5 star leisure lodges. Peace & tranquillity by the Coast.

Higher Coxes Farm

Higher Coxes Farm B&B is a family-run, working farm. The farmland stretches to the famous Jurassic Coastline which is only a 10 miniute walk

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Route Description

  1. Park in the Muttersmoor Car Park (currently free) or catch the Sidmouth Hopper. Facing the sea leave the car park by the left hand side exit (nearest to Sidmouth). Cross the road. Beware of occasional cars and weary cyclists.

Mutter's Moor is named after Abraham Mutter, an eighteenth century log merchant and turf-cutter who supplemented his income with a spot of smuggling, which he carried out as part of the infamous Jack Rattenbury's gang. He must have been particularly adept at hiding his contraband in his donkey cart and keeping his nocturnal identity a secret, because customs men, too, used the moor as a lookout for smugglers down below, but failed to spot him in their midst.

  1. Go through the kissing gate onto the grassland. Walk parallel to the hedge and woods on your left.

This is part of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a nationally protected landscape, designated since 1963, as well as being part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. It is one of Europe's oldest and largest pebblebed heaths and is more than 200 million years old. It is owned by Clinton Devon Estates and maintained by the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust.

  1. When you reach the fence at the cliff edge you can turn right to see more of the view across to Torbay and Dartmoor.

The cliff face of Peak Hill is part of the Jurassic Coast which stretches from Orcombe Point, near Exmouth  to Old Harry Rocks near Studland- 95 miles in distance. There is  a continuous sequence of Triassic,  Jurassic and Cretaceous rock formations spanning approximately 185 million years of history.

The prominent pointed shape of High Peak can be seen ahead and to the right. This was the location of a prehistoric hill fort and was later occupied during the Roman period and in the Dark Ages.

Beyond High Peak the coastal panorama stretches over the western end of the Jurassic Coast towards the mouth of the River Exe and then beyond to Dawlish, Teignmouth and Torbay.

  1. When the gradient of the path becomes too steep turn around and follow the follow the South West Coast Path parallel to the cliff edge until you reach another kissing gate. Go through this onto the National Trust Land at Peak Hill.

Within the cliffs below Peak Hill and High Peak a number of very rare fossils of Triassic fish, reptiles and amphibians have been found.

There are 3 distinct layers of rock in the Peak Hill cliff face. The Mercia Mudstone (various mudstones, siltstones and sandstones)  form the base of the Peak Hill. They were deposited about 200 Million years ago in the hot dry climates of the Triassic Period. Above these, in the centre of the cliff face, are layers of Upper Greensand, that were deposited about 80 Million years ago. The top of Peak Hill is underlain by flint gravel, the remains of an original cover of chalk about 60 to 65 Million years ago.

  1. Turn left to follow any of the criss-crossing paths back to the car park. Stay as parallel as possible to the hedge and grassland.

Public transport

There are buses to Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Otterton, and from June – September the Sidmouth Hopper bus runs to Muttersmoor car park. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the bus stops, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.


Muttersmoor Car Park - currently free


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