Coming to East Devon now the summer rush is over? We’ve compiled a list of some of our recommendations of things to do in this unique and picturesque area of Devon. With plenty of history to explore and fascinating things to discover, there is never a dull moment in East Devon.
Visit the nation’s only civic arboretum
Did you know Sidmouth is home to the UK’s only civic arboretum? Well, now you do! If you want to get out and about, it’s a lovely place to spend some time exploring and you’ll find several walking routes and maps that are available locally, including an accessible walk.
Follow the shortest river in England
The River Sid which can be found in Sidmouth and goes out through the Byes towards the Sid Valley not only offers a picturesque place for seeing the seasons change but it said to be England’s shortest complete river.
Discover Sir Walter Raleigh’s roots
As September features International Talk like a Pirate Day, there is no time better for learning more about the pirates and privateers of Devon and one of the most famous privateer came from East Devon! You’ll find the birthplace of Sir Walter Raleigh in Budleigh Salterton, there is also a statue dedicated to him there.
Head back to the Iron Age
Though East Devon is famous for the Jurassic Coast (more on that later) it has some slightly more modern history you can explore too. The region has a collection of iron age forts which are pretty scenic whatever the season, but in September when things are just starting to change, you’ll be able to more clearly see their remains. You can find iron age hill forts in Woodbury, Musbury, Hembury and Dumpdon, all of which are easily accessible from Sidmouth town centre.
Go fossil hunting
We said we’d mention the Jurassic Coast! The Jurassic Coast actually covers several different prehistoric eras and you can see which cliffs are older based on the colour (you’ll notice that it will be red in Sidmouth but white as you get to Seaton for instance.) If you’re planning to explore the Jurassic Coast, we recommend following either the Jurassic Coast Way or the South West Coast Path to be on the safe side as some of the rocks are unstable but while you’re on the beach or making your way around the cliffs, keep an eye out for fossils. Just be sure to leave them where you find them!
Go bird watching
It isn’t just fossils you can find hidden away in East Devon, it’s a lovely place for bird watching too, especially at Seaton Wetlands. Seaton Wetlands is made up of four main sites, each one providing different habitats for birds and other wild and plantlife and is free to visit, all year around.
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