4th January 2019
A range of routes for walking in Sidmouth
One of the very best things about visiting our region is the number of routes available for top quality walking in Sidmouth.
Whether it’s a stroll through the town to shops and local gardens, a walk along the beach, or a hike around the rolling hills, our guests always love following their feet to take in the views.
There are many Sidmouth walks to partake in, some short and easy, some longer and harder, but all refreshing and rewarding.
If you fancy stretching your legs, here are some top walks in Sidmouth that we highly recommend...
Salcombe Hill Accessible Walk
An easy, short and relaxed route.
Salcombe Hill is to the east of Sidmouth with red cliffs tumbling into the sea, an iconic sight along the coastline.
Featuring a section of the South West Coast Path, the short, circular walk starts in the National Trust Salcombe Hill car park. The route has a well-maintained gravel path that suits all, including those with reduced mobility.
From the top, enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding countryside and sea, including the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site cliffs. There are benches for those who wish to sit and picnic.
There are a number of routes around Salcombe Hill, some stay on the hill and others head elsewhere - follow signs for more details as you go.
Keep an eye out for the Toposcope, and for the ‘Frog Stone’ which looks frog-like! It was placed on the hill by the Royal Navy in 1964 but we’re not sure why.
Salcombe Hill Circular Walk
A moderate 5-mile walk, taking an estimated 3 hours.
Also starting in the same National Trust car park, the full Salcombe Hill circular walk takes things up a gear. You’ll follow parts of the South West Coast Path and drop down into a valley, completely circling the hill.
The route includes the Frog Stone, and the ‘Frog Stone Steps’, quaint footbridges, wooded areas, a pass-through The Donkey Sanctuary and more.
Sidmouth to Salcombe Hill Circular Walk
Another moderate 5-mile walk, but to the other side of Salcombe Hill, starting and finishing here in Sidmouth.
This Sidmouth walk is for those who don’t wish to drive to the Salcombe Hill car park, instead head towards The Byes and its Toll House. From there, follow the River Sid inland before looping up to Salcombe Hill to enjoy the wonderful scenery, then drop back down to Sidmouth and walk right back to the Hotel.
This National Trust guide starts and finishes the route in Salcombe Hill car park, but can easily be modified to start in Sidmouth centre.
A moderate 3-mile trek.
This Salcombe Regis walk is based just outside Sidmouth, starting and ending in Salcombe Regis.
The little village is inland, and the circular walk heads through woods towards the coast before heading back. On the cliff tops you’ll see viewpoints looking west back towards Sidmouth, and on a clear day, it’s possible to see Dorset to the east.
The walk also travels through Weston Plats, an area of 19th and 20th-century market gardens on the cliff-tops which once supplied produce to markets all around the region.
Mutter’s Moor and Peak Hill
Up to 3-miles in length, easy to moderate walks.
Whilst Salcombe Hill lies to the east of Sidmouth, there are also a variety of walks to the west of Sidmouth too.
The first of which is Mutter’s Moor. There is a designated Mutter’s Moor car park just outside town, near Sidmouth Golf Club. During the summer months, the Sidmouth Hopper Bus runs from town to this car park.
Walks from here are fairly easy, heading north alongside a forest plantation or south for good views of the coast and Peak Hill.
Combine the two for a walk that’s just over 3-miles long along a fairly flat route - although the paths are stony, grass tracks.
You’ll follow ancient tracks through land thought to be densely populated in the Stone Age. There are breathtaking views in every direction plus an abundance of wildlife in the colourful heathland.
Mutter’s Moor and Otterton Circular Walk
A 7-mile hike with challenging bridleways and tracks with some steep ascents and descents.
Whilst the walks to and from Mutter’s Moor car park can be considered casual, the circular route to the nearby village of Otterton - home of a working watermill - is for those looking for a bit more of a challenge.
It’s an invigorating route through woods and farmland that continues on from previously mentioned Peak Hill along the coast. Cutting inland, the paths wind through the stunning countryside, through Otterton village and back round through fields and farmland towards Sidmouth.
The South West Coast Path website has a full description of the route.
Sidmouth and The Byes
Of course, you don’t have to go far to enjoy a walk. Sometimes it’s nicer to keep things local and explore the immediate area around our Hotel.
Sidmouth of course has its beach and Esplanade, along with many gardens to explore on foot. Combine a walk through the town with shopping for a grand time out.
We mentioned The Byes earlier, yet they are an often overlooked jewel of Sidmouth; a mixture of parkland, meadows, open fields and farmland that follow the River Sid for approximately 2km from the heart of the town. It’s delightful to see footpaths and cycle tracks criss-crossing over the water.
Expect picnics on the lawn, wildflowers in the meadows, and the sound of families splashing and paddling in the river.
It’s a peaceful and quaint place to follow your nose, whilst hand in hand with a loved one if the idea of a longer walking route doesn’t appeal.
Sidmouth Walking Holidays
Where better to rest tired legs after a walk than The Victoria Hotel, with our sea views, leading luxury meals and 4-star accommodation?