Sweetham Splash

We do like a river beach! This small stretch of the River Creedy near Newton St Cyres has a brilliant padding spot, surrounded by beautiful views and buzzing with wildlife.

The footpath begins from next to the stone road bridge. There are no pavements alongside the road and limited parking opportunities, so care needs to be taken. There are parking spaces next to the railway station and recreation ground a short walk away too.

Following the sign across a small footbridge, you take the riverside path along the edge of fields. There are two obvious paddle spots, the further shingle beach being the bigger and more accessible one.

The path continues along the river through the fields towards Langford, so you could make a longer walk of it, and even turn it into a loop by walking back along the lanes.

We spotted loads of butterflies, dragonflies, a kingfisher and ducks – there’s evidence of lots of animals’ habitats and we had a great time guessing ‘who may live in a hole like this?’! We have heard that otters have been spotted but didn’t see any sign ourselves. For this reason keep a close eye on dogs especially at breeding times.

The nearest spot for refreshments is the famed pub The Beer Engine, with Newton St Cyres village shop and pub The Crown and Sceptre a short drive away.

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