Sidmouth Things to Do

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    Beach To The West
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    Beach To The East
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    The Sort Of Scenery To Expect
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    Sidmouth Museum

    by johngayton Written Jan 3, 2011

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    For my next visit to Sidmouth as well as having a proper pub crawl and sussing out where's good to eat I really must make the time for a museum visit.

    The local museum claims to cover 240 million years of history! That of course refers to the town's Jurassic Coast location. Other exhibitions cover the town's Regency evolution which is slightly more recent.

    As well as the exhibitions the museum also offers guided tours of the town on Tuesdays and Thursdays and an introduction to the Jurassic Coast on Wednesdays.

    The museum is open from early April until the end of October and both it and the various talks and walks are free of charge.

    Here's the Devon Museums website: Sidmouth Museum

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    Get Your Walking Shoes On!

    by johngayton Written Jan 3, 2011

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    Sidmouth is located on the East Devon section of the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline, and also obviously on the Southwest Coast Path. The town is flanked, both to east and west, by spectacular red sandstone cliffs and both directions offer scenic walking with interesting destinations.

    Heading west the path takes you to Otterton and then Buldeigh Salterton, between which are a set of secluded little bays and some amazing clifftop panoramas.

    In the other direction the path heads for Seaton, via the villages of Branscombe and Beer, and has some early strenuous sections the rewards for completion of which are of course the views once you reach the summits. Between Branscombe and Beer is the unique "Hooken Undercliff" which was formed by an 18th century landslide which resulted in a natural pathway with the cliffs both above and below.

    By the time you get to Beer that's what you'll need and the Anchor Inn is well worth stopping off for a pint or two. Seaton is only two more miles and is relatively easy walking and so you have no worries about making the most of your beer(s) at Beer!

    As well as these longer (one-way) walks there are also several circular trails and even an inland one up the river valley which is wheelchair accessible - see first website below for details.

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    Sidmouth Seafront

    by johngayton Written Jan 3, 2011

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    Although Sidmouth markets itself as a "Seaside Resort" it doesn't really have that much in the way of a beach and what there is is mostly pebbles. There is a sandy section but that only appears when the tide is out and so if it is beach activities that you are after you'd best consult the local tide timetables when planning your trip.

    The upside of not being a beach resort is that the town is also not one of the "kiss-me-quick", amusement arcade blaring, types of place but rather just a tranquil seaside getaway with pleasant scenery, great walks along the coast and of course some excellent pubs and restaurants.

    Unfortunately my visit this time was just a quick work-related in-and-out and I only had time for one very quick pint at one of the naffer pubs before I had to get back to Exeter but a proper day out is planned for the very near future - watch this space!!

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  • Visit the donkeys !

    by gumboyaya Written Apr 9, 2007

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    I usally stay in Sidmouth, when I visit the nearby (Salcombe Regis) Donkey Sanctuary.
    Hundreds and hundreds of Donkeys on a huge farm. Most of them do enjoy your visit quite obviously. Should be a splendid thing to do with children.
    And when you´re there, leave a bit of money to support the different projects.
    Or adopt a donkey straight away.

    Entrance fee: None.
    Relaxation factor: tremendous

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    Coastal walks

    by cup0joe Updated Dec 11, 2005

    There are many walks around the town that take you up and down through the headlands surrounding Sidmouth. Look for the South West Coast Path. I would avoid trying to go for a long walk on the beaches. The rocks are lime-sized and make walking dfificult for much distance. The views from above are much more dramatic.

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