Salcombe Hill, near Sidmouth


The National Trust own or manage areas of countryside along the East Devon coast. They have details of a variety of walks through the area, many of which start at the main car park at Salcombe Hill.

 

You can find the car park fairly easily by following the brown tourist signs to the Norman Lockyer Observatory, off the main road from Sidmouth to Beer. The National Trust car park is directly opposite the observatory and has space for several cars as well as a picnic area with a couple of tables which provides a nice snack spot for the beginning or end of your walk.


There is an info board and map to help you plan your walk, and the surfaced, boggy-accessible path is fairly obvious. You can follow this out to the clip top and loop back through a meadow making for a nice, flat and easy walk for those with mobility issues, little legs and wheelchairs/pushchairs.


If you choose to go a bit further, you can join the coast path, and visit the ‘frog stone’ in the first field after the surfaced paths. My children love ‘Mr Frog’ and always enjoy finding him before heading back to the car.


Paths take you back inland and it’s fairly simple to find your way back to the car park from here. These paths are not suitable for pushchairs and the ground gets pretty uneven in places. The views, however, are beautiful in every direction.


The beaches of Sidmouth, Beer and Branscombe are all close by if all the views make you want to get closer to the sea. The Donkey Sanctuary is a good place to head to after a walk to make a lovely day out.


 

 

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