With abundant countryside and coast, Devon offers some of the most scenic walks in the country. Sidmouth is located on the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site known for its beauty and vast history. The surrounding area is also part of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so you can be sure that you’ll see some breathtaking scenery on a walk near Sidmouth.
Salcombe Hill Circular Walk
Beginning just outside of Sidmouth, this 5-mile circular walk takes you along the beautiful South West Coast Path, to the famous Donkey Sanctuary and past Salcombe Regis Church, Frogstone Steps and Weston Plats. This route is dog-friendly, although they must be kept on a lead at the Donkey Sanctuary and on the coast path where cattle grazing signs are displayed. This walk takes an estimated 3 hours and offers some of the best views in Sidmouth.
For more information visit: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sidmouth-countryside/trails/salcombe-hill-circular-walk
South West Coast Path - Exmouth to Sidmouth
This stretch of the South West Coast Path is renowned as one of the most beautiful. The whole route is 12.5 miles long, but you can choose to walk as much of it as you like - for example, Budleigh Salterton to Sidmouth is 6 miles, or Otterton to Sidmouth is around 3 miles. There is stunning scenery along the whole path, particularly at the Otter Estuary Nature Reserve and red sandstone of Ladram Bay. Some parts are quite steep, but the walk is not too challenging overall. Dogs are welcome on the South West Coast path but must be kept on leads at certain points.
For more information visit: https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/179/
Mutter’s Moor and Peak Hill
Beginning and ending at Mutter’s Moor Car Park, this 3.3-mile circular walk through the East Devon AONB showcases the extensive history and current beauty of the area. Enjoy the abundant wildlife as you walk through a rare heathland habitat. A moderate walk, this is as great one for children too.
More information: https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/313/
Knapp Copse Circular Walk
A hilly 5-mile circular walk through the Knapp Copse Local Nature Reserve, including ancient woodland, grassland and streams. The stunning nature reserve feels completely secluded, and has breathtaking views of the countryside. This walk should take around 3 hours, and dogs on leads are welcome to join in.
For more information visit: http://www.eastdevonway.org.uk/route-8
The Byes Riverside Walk
For a shorter, easier walk, look no further than The Byes, Sidmouth’s green parkland. Close to Sidmouth town centre, it couldn’t be easier to get to. There are several footpaths and open spaces, and dogs on leads are allowed everywhere but in the community orchard. A great place for people of all ages to enjoy the beauty of Devon countryside.
For more information visit: https://www.sidmouth.com/blog/22-the-byes-riverside-walk