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A delightful seaside town nestling amidst soaring red-cliffed hills on the south east coast of Devon. There’s something for everyone who wants to visit Sidmouth, with miles of riverside, moorland and coastal walks, expansive beaches, beautiful views , a lovely town centre with charming shops and an Esplanade for relaxed strolling. The Sidmouth coastline is part of the Jurassic Coast, a world heritage site. The seasonal high point in Sidmouth is Folk Week. Find out more about Sidmouth below:
The Esplanade and town
The Esplanade lies at the bottom of the town with the beach directly on the other side, facing southwards out to sea. It’s great for strolling along in the warmer months, or for a brisk walk later in the year to see the waves crashing in and the surfers enjoying the swell. There are several pubs, cafés and restaurants on the front where you can dine with sea views.
The town has a good range of shops, many of whom are independent and provide excellent service and range. There’s also a great range of eateries, from fish & chip shops to some great bistro, cafés, pubs and hotels. There’s a traditional covered market in the town square, also a cinema, swimming pool and leisure centre, tennis courts and not forgetting the Manor Pavilion Theatre and Arts Centre, who have a busy schedule throughout the year.
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A green corridor running the length of the valley from Sidford down to the old toll gate at the top of Sidmouth town. You can walk the entire length, which has the river Sid meandering through it. The lower section of Sid Meadow is owned by the National Trust. At the bottom end of The Byes, you can then cross the road, walk down to the ford, cross the footbridge and then amble down into the town centre or down to the seafront at the Ham.
The Byes is a great recreational area, particularly if you have dogs to walk, you can also cycle down or even have a picnic at the Sid Meadow. The Byes really is not to be missed if you’re visiting, particularly for walkers.
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