Image of a rainbow over Salcombe Hill: Michael Ginsberg


A new Tree Trail Walking Guide has been launched by the Sidmouth Arboretum covering Salcombe Hill and Salcombe Regis.

Since its inception, Sidmouth Arboretum has launched a range of free walking guides, including an accessible Town Centre Trail. The original Salcombe Regis Trail was introduced a few years ago and has been completely overhauled for this new version thanks to a grant from the East Devon AONB.

The new guide gives an insight into the history of Salcombe Hill and Salcombe Regis, including how Salcombe Hill was once an open heath before being turned into farmland and then woodland where you can find a mixture of trees.

Speaking about the new trail Jon Ball, Chair of the Arboretum, said: “Walking among trees is good for you, exercise in the fresh air enhanced by the uplift that trees have been proven to give. In Japan they call it Shinrin Yoku or forest bathing. The new trail leaflet offers a choice of routes around Salcombe’s varied treescapes from gentle strolls on level sections to the more arduous by very rewarding climb up from Alma Bridge.

“We are excited to be providing another stimulus to encourage people to enjoy our local trees and the countryside of the East Devon AONB and we would like to say thank you to the Communities Project Fund for their generous support.”

You can find the new trail guide and a host of others by visiting the Tourist Information Centre or by heading online to the Arboretum’s website here.