With lighter evenings and new flowers blooming, there has never been a better time to enjoy the beauty of East Devon, so why not grab your sturdy shoes and explore with these spring walks?
There are plenty of lovely walking routes in and around Sidmouth – you can always head to the Byes or follow one of our maps, like this tree walk. If you want to explore a little further afield, you could always head to the East Devon Way or hop on the South West Coast Path. Here are a couple of our favourite walks to take in the spring.
This circular walk begins and ends at the Woodbury Castle Iron Age Fort. The whole thing falls within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and will take you from the castle through the common and on to Woodbury Village. There are some lovely views, particularly of the Exe Estuary and a great chance to spot spring flowers.
Starting in the village of Musbury, follow the East Devon Way up the castle – another Iron Age Hill Fort where you can enjoy some lovely views over the Axe Valley and on a clear day, out to sea. This route is also circular, so you can follow it back down to the village or follow on to Combpyne Church for a lengthier stroll.
Sidbury to Sweetcombe
For a longer walk (around 6 miles), try out the circular route from Sidbury to Sweetcombe, which takes in Harcombe and Buckton Hill. Start off in Sidbury and take an off road route which will give you a variety of landscapes, including farms and open greenery.
River Otter to Tipton St John
If you’re after a simpler, short walk, start off at the River Otter and follow it along until you reach the Old Mill at Tipton St John. You might be lucky enough to catch sight of a couple of otters and there are always fascinating spring plants growing along the route.
Further east is this circular walk that starts in the heathland reserve at Trinity Hill before moving on to woodland and then through Uplyme Pintetum where it joins the East Devon Way. You can either turn back and follow the path to your starting point, or continue further on where you will eventually reach Lyme Regis over the border.