Blackbury Camp is an English heritage managed site, but it free to visit and great for all ages and dogs (on leads) too. It is easily found on the main Sidmouth to Seaton road, clearly signposted after leaving the A3052.
There is a free car park and a few information boards around the site. Whilst the camp was originally created as a defensive hill fort, it is now a place of majestic tree, open glades and rural views. it has a peaceful, remote feel and is a really lovely place to have a picnic while the children play.
Much of the area is off-road buggy suitable, but it does get rough and muddy underfoot in places. There is a network of local lanes and footpaths that would enable you to take a longer walk if desired.
Blackbury camp is often featured as a top bluebell spotting spot and I can’t wait for the spring flowers to bloom so that I can check it out. Local blogger Clare has featured the site on her blog Flip Flops or Wellies, along with other great places to see spring flowers.
The nearest places for refreshments are the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary, with its new canteen ‘The Kitchen’, the brilliantly family-friendly Hare and Hounds, at Putts Corner (I can recommend this as a great Sunday lunch spot), and from March 1st, Blackbury Honey Farm will be open for light lunches and teas again.