A new brass rubbing trail has been installed along the Riverside Walkway in time for half term. The trail, which is designed by local artists, is part of the Sidmouth Makes Art (SMArt) partnership, lead by Sidmouth Coastal Community Hub and Sidmouth School of Art.

The trail is part of a project to revitalise the Riverside Walkway and reconnect people with nature. It features nine brass rubbings of the plants and animals that live in and around Sidmouth, each created by local artist Emma Molony, who has been running a series of print workshops in the community.

Coco Hodgkinson, artistic director at Sidmouth School of Art, said: “The brass running plaques are beautiful and provide a free, accessible, fun activity for children and families while enjoying the space. The trail encourages everyone to find out about the biodiversity of the River Sid and you may even spot the species in real life.”

Pick up your brass rubbing trail plaques, which feature information about the plaques, the project and how to create a rubbing from the Sidmouth Tourist Information Centre. The first 100 are free. A deposit and return system for a special brass rubbing kit are also available and participants can receive a badge when they complete the trail.

While following the trail, you’ll be able to see the work done to revitalise the walkway, including new railings, seating and signage.