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Sidmouth Walking Festival 2014

On the 27th September 2014, Sidmouth will host its first Walking Festival. Encompassing the Jurassic Coast and amazing coastal scenery along the way it is sure to give walkers great views and spectacular inland discoveries.

The festival will run for six days in total with a choice of two lengths of walk each day. Every walk will be free of charge with limited numbers which can be booked through the Sidmouth Tourist Information Centre.

If you are looking for something a little easier on the legs then there is the option of some guided walks around the town along with the Arboretum Trail. All these walks will be guided by experienced local walkers who will be there to share their knowledge of the area with you.

The Thursday walks invite participants to a complimentary Cream Tea at Sidford Social Hall afterwards.

Here is the walk programme.

The full information of the walks can be found at the official Walking Festival website

Saturday 27th September

Meet your walk leaders for an opportunity to talk about the walks on offer during the week. There will be a slide show illustrating some of the views we hope to see during our walks together with a speaker on the interesting Sidmouth architecture.

Location - All Saints church in Sidmouth.

Sunday 28th September

Meet at The Knowle (EDDC offices) free ‘Park and Walk’ car park at 10am for both walks.

Longer walk - 10 miles - Peak Hill - Ladram Bay - River Otter - Otterton - Muttersmoor.

Shorter walk - 6 miles.

Monday 29th September

Meet at Aylesbeare Common.

Longer walk - 11.25 miles - Aylesbeare Common - Woodbury Castle - Squabmoor Reservoir.

Shorter walk - 7.5 miles - Blue Ball - Fire Beacon Hill - White Cross.

Arboretum walk

Tuesday 30th September

Meet at the Donkey Sanctuary.

Longer walk - 11 miles - Dunscombe - Branscombe - Donkey Sanctuary.

Shorter walk - 8.5 miles.

Guided Town Stroll

Wednesday 1st October

Meet in the lay‐by to the south side of A3052 almost opposite The Bowd Inn

Longer walk - 11.25 miles - Coleridge Trail - Harpford Woods - River Otter - Ottery St Mary - White Cross - Fire Beacon Hill.

Shorter walk - 7 Miles.

Guided Town Stroll

Thursday 2nd October

Meet at Sidford Rugby Club.

Longer walk - 11 Miles - Sidmouth - Honiton.

Shorter walk - 7.5 miles.

Guided Town Stroll

Here are the location of each walks starting point.

Map Key


Blue Plaque Walk

As an extra bonus we here at the Sidmouth Town Website devised the Blue Plaque Walk around the town.

Sidmouth Walking Festival 2014. Wonderful views of the Jurassic Coast and amazing inland places to discover.

Sid Valley Summer Fayre


Blackmore Gardens Sidmouth

Saturday 26th July 10am - 4pm

All the summer fayre classics plus -

Scarecrow Competition

Deliver to the Gardens by 10:30am for judging at 1:00pm

Fun Dog Show

Bring you pooch along on the day, judging starts at 11:00am (Most handsome and prettiest, waggiest tail and best child handler)

Special performances by

  • Sidmouth Town Band
  • Sidmouth Steppers
  • The Sidbury Singers

The Rotary Club of Sid Valley supporting

  • Devon Air Ambulance
  • Sidmouth Inshore Lifeboat
  • Devon Freewheelers (volunteer blood & organ transport)

Come along to the Sidmouth Summer Fayer - an all day event with free entrance!

Sidmouth Great Duck Derby 2014

Sidmouth will host the annual Great Duck Derby this year on Sunday 20th July in the Byes. The events start at around 2:00pm near the Sid Park Road bridge where there will also be both parents and children's egg and spoon races.

At 2:45pm the races start with the corporate ducks which are coloured red. Then at 3:00pm the the main event begins and the ducks make their way to the weir at Waterloo bridge. First one over the top win the lucky owner a cash prize!

Tickets cost £1 each and are available from members of the Sidmouth Lions Club and in pubs and shops around the town. Tickets are available at the start and finish lines on the day as well. All proceeds go to charity of which are printed on the tickets along with the prize amounts.


Let everyone know about the Great Sidmouth Duck Derby!