Walk - Victoria Hotel - Mutter's Moor & the Lower Otter Valley
8.1 miles (13.0 km)
Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth
Challenging - Footpaths, tracks, quiet country roads. Some steep ascent and descent particularly at the start and end of the walk.
A strenuous but rewarding walk through 185 million years of geological history, displayed in the towering red cliff at High Peak, and more than five thousand years of human history. Stone tools have been found here from the Stone Age, and there are the remains of an Iron Age hillfort up on the summit of High Peak, where there are tremendous views out over a landscape whose patterns of fields, strips and ancient trackways tell their own tale of agricultural methods over the centuries.
A good walk in the springtime, when songbirds perch among the bright gorse flowers and colonies of rowdy seabirds nest on the red cliffs to the east of the estuary. Migrant waders join the terns and sand martins around the shoreline and on the exposed hillsides above the bushes are clad in tumbling blossom.