If you’ve been to Sidmouth before, you’ll know that the journey into town is spectacular. The East Devon area is one of the most beautiful in the UK – not only do you have the dramatic Jurassic Coast, but you also have the enchanting East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which stretches all the way from Exmouth to Lyme Regis in nearby Dorset.
Whether you’re planning a trip to enjoy the spring flowers or you’re looking ahead to summer, here are some of our top spots for taking photos across the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
This one is particularly great in the spring months as the entire area is covered in bluebells – it’s truly a sight to see! Blackberry Camp dates back to around the 4th century BC and features an iron age hill fort, as well as being a lovely place to go for a stroll. The site is now managed by English Heritage and is just a short trip from Sidmouth town centre, making it a good spot for budding photographers who don’t want to travel too far away.
The River Otter is one of East Devon’s main rivers, it is certainly one of the longest in this region and like the name suggests, does have a few otter colonies living along its banks! There are several riverside walks where, if you’re lucky, you might catch sight of one of these elusive creatures, but even if you don’t, the river itself is picturesque enough for your photos.
For those that want to explore more of the East Devon area, Aylesbeare Common is on the edge of the AONB. It’s an RSPB nature reserve and is home to a wide range of birds and insects, as well as some lovely landscapes to photograph.
For a different kind of photograph, take a visit to Cannington Viaduct. This fascinating structure is an insight into the heritage of the area – it was once part of the Lyme Regis branch line which connected places in Devon to Dorset.
To finish off our list, we’re heading back towards Sidmouth. Harpford Woods are on the outskirts of the town and have lots of great spots for taking photos, including a former railway bridge and tunnel, as well as the imposing tree scape.
Have you taken any incredible photos while visiting East Devon? Make sure to tag us, you can find us on Instagram, @visitsidmouth.