Walking in Sidmouth

There is no better way to truly explore this beautiful town and the surrounding area than on foot. The various footpaths, walking trails and nature ways that you can find around Sidmouth and the Sid Valley will truly give you an idea of the way of life in this part of East Devon and will give you a chance to discover some incredible views and scenic routes around the region. 

The interactive Rights of Way Map will help all walkers to plan routes from and to Sidmouth. 


Sid Valley Ring

This 13 mile circular walking route is fully signposted and allows you to discover the region’s rich local history. It was launched during the 2019 Sidmouth Walking Festival after being created by Sidmouth Town Council and the Sid Vale Association using existing footpaths around the town. The walk allows you to see around 30 of the region’s top attractions, as well as pass through Sidbury and Salcombe Regis. Download the Sid Valley Ring walk brochure here.

Explore the countryside 

The Sid Valley and the countryside are great places to go for a walk.  

Give the circular walk from Sidmouth to Salcombe Hill a try for a chance to glimpse the region’s wildlife, especially on a warm day. The walk takes you through Sidmouth town centre, the Byes and up towards Salcombe Hill before bringing you back.  

Alternatively, follow one of the pathways signposted through the Byes and Sid Valley  or for more of a challenge take on Peak Hill and Mutter’s Moor where you’ll get to enjoy views of Otter Valley.  

Sidmouth and The Byes is a relatively easy route that takes in open fields and parkland. Just follow the River Sid from the heart of town to explore this hidden gem.  

Peak Hill and Mutter’s Moor is around 3 miles in length and has a few different routes ranging from easy to moderate. Mutter’s Moor has its own car park just outside town near the golf club and during the summer you can catch the Sidmouth Hopper Bus to the moor, making it easy to access. From here you can walk alongside the forest for great views of the coast towards Peak Hill, which you can tackle if you like – generally the route is fairly flat.  

From here you can also enjoy the Mutter’s Moor and Otterton Circular Walk, a seven mile hike that provides a bit of a challenge. You can start off in the carpark at Mutters Moor and follow the route past Peak Hill towards Otterton village.  

Recommended walks:  

  • Sid Valley Walk
  • Sidmouth Town Walk
  • Blue Plaque Trail

Why not try a led walk with East Devon Ramblers with many confident leaders, generating a steady supply of walks and events, welcoming visitors.


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Great walking routes

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One of a series of the local trails produced by Sidmouth Arboretum, the Salcombe Regis Tree Trail is a delightful three and a half mile walk via the picturesque village of Salcombe Regis. This enchanting trail, which includes some moderate hills, winds its way through a diverse…

Sidmouth Arboretum has produced several local trail leaflets that allow visitors and residents to find out more about our remarkable treescape.  This walk around the town centre, which begins and ends by the parish church, is fully accessible to wheelchair users and mobility…

One of the series of local trails produced by Sidmouth Arboretum to acquaint you with our wonderful treescape, this short walk around The Byes should take about an hour and a half and is on level paths accessible to families with pushchairs and people using mobility scooters.

The Knowle was the most impressive of Sidmouth’s wealthy estates through the 19 th century and used to house a private menagerie including Zebras and Kangaroos.  Much of the estate has since been sold off but the gardens and park, which have been acquired by the Town…

An introduction to some of the exotic trees in Connaught Gardens. Uphill from the Esplanade but a gentle stroll around a level public garden that is only 150m x 100m, most fully accessible but one set of steps to reach the upper lawn.

The Sidmouth & East Devon Walking Festival runs each September The Programme of walks for this year’s festival can be seen here. We can confirm that we will be walking The East Devon Way in 5 stages 14th – 20th September 2024. This year we will walk it from Exmouth to Lyme Regis. The…