We all know a dog is for life and not just for Christmas, but if you happen to be in the area around Christmas with your dog, here are a couple of great places to head for a walk in and around Sidmouth.
Did you know that Sidmouth is one of the most dog friendly places to visit in East Devon? Well it is, not only does it have a host of walks for you to enjoy but many of the town’s shops and cafés are happy to welcome well behaved dogs, plus the beaches welcome dogs too!
If you fancy a winter walk away from the town centre, here are a couple of options for you and your furry friends – just remember to make sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the winter weather and to stop off during your route for refreshments and to warm up. You’ll find lots of friendly places happy to offer your dogs the chance to refresh too!
This is a hugely popular place, not just for dog walkers but for anyone who fancies a peaceful stroll. The Byes is easily accessible from the town centre and if you follow the River Sid, you can find some lovely spots to wander for a few hours.
Sid Valley Ring
If you’re wanting a longer and sometimes more challenging route, check out the Sid Valley Ring Walk. This circular route measures around 13 miles and takes you around Sidmouth and some of the surrounding areas, it will even give you a glimpse into the town’s history and is sign posted throughout so you can enjoy as long or as short a walk as you like.
Salcombe Hill Walk
Starting at the car park at Salcombe Hill, there is a lovely route that is sign posted that will take you through to Sidmouth and back again. This one can be a bit steep in places, so if you or your dog fancies something a little more gentle, maybe avoid this one.
South West Coast Path
As the UK’s longest national path, you’ll no doubt have heard of this one. The path goes through Sidmouth and by following it you can see some incredible sea views and even find your way to Ladram Bay (just be aware that dogs aren’t allowed on the beach there) and on to Budleigh Salterton.
Ladram Bay to Peak Hill
Ladram Bay can be found to the east of Sidmouth and has some fascinating rock formations that are well worth the visit to see – as we said, dogs aren’t allowed on the beach itself, but they can visit the South West Coast Path that leads from Ladram Bay up to Peak Hill. You can use the car park at Ladram Bay to begin the walk and there are plenty of places to stop along the way.