Sidmouth and the wider East Devon area are some of the best places to visit in the autumn months, with the UK’s only civic arboretum and a host of beautiful walks, this is the perfect place to enjoy the changing of the seasons. Here you can enjoy the golden colours of the trees, the dramatic Jurassic Coast and of course, there are plenty of places to stop off for some refreshments after a bracing walk around!
Here are some of our favourite places for an autumn walk in and around Sidmouth.
The Sid Valley Ring
This one is a fairly long one, so maybe avoid if you want something a little more leisurely, but it is beautiful and gives you a real insight into the area’s rich history. It is a 13 mile circular walk and gives you a chance to see around 30 of the top attractions in the region as well as passing through Sidbury and Salcombe Regis.
The Jurassic Coast Trail
This is a great option for those who want a day trip with the kids – there are a host of fascinating places that are on the route including Berry Camp, where you can really see the seasons change. The route links Sidmouth with nearby Seaton and has incredible views along the way of the Jurassic Coast, plus you can stop off on your journey for some hearty, warming refreshments.
East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Sidmouth is on the edge of the East Devon AONB and a host of cycle and walking routes are open to you from here. Because there is such a wide choice, you can easily find the perfect route for you and your abilities – all of them include conservation areas, open land and beautiful woodlands where you can see those lovely autumn colours and enjoy the seasonal plant life.
East Devon Way
Covering 40 miles of tracks and with guidebooks and downloadable directions available online, this is one you can really explore. The route runs all the way from Exmouth to Lyme Regis, covering 8 different villages, several rivers and a tonne of wildlife. As a purpose built outdoor area full of cycling and walking routes, you can find one that suits you and choose from linear or circular walks, making it a great spot for return visits – you never get the same experience twice!
The South West Coast Path
It’s the longest national trail in the UK and is a great way to explore the Jurassic Coast – you can easily access it from Sidmouth and it provides plenty of chances to enjoy the autumn colours.
The Sidmouth Arboretum
We can’t not mention the Sidmouth Arboretum! As the UK’s only civic arboretum and with the team providing guides and trails that are available online or from the TIC, there are loads of adventures to be had here and you can really appreciate the changing seasons among all those trees.
Looking for more suggestions of autumn walking routes? Find out more here.