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Sidmouth & the Devon Coast

Explore everything from the dramatic Jurassic Coast trails to the rolling hills of the Sidmouth countryside.

  • South West England

  • 5 nights
  • Half Board
  • Coast & Islands

  • May

    Jul

    Aug

    Sep

  • Average group size: 10-12

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Grade 5

This is a Grade 5 moderate holiday which includes full day walks at a moderate pace. The guided walks will vary between inland and coastal walking. The inland walks are mostly on easy paths and tracks. The coastal walks involve steep ascents and descents, sometimes on uneven steps or rocky ground, however, they are short and can be taken at a gentle pace – and the views make it all worthwhile. Walks will last up to 5 hours and will involve between 345m and 560m of cumulative ascent and descent. Daily mileages will be between 7½ miles and 10½ miles.

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Classic Collection

Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Sidmouth is wonderfully situated for traversing picturesque coastal paths.
  • Ramble on the South West Coast Path at the mouth of the River Sid.
  • Enjoy treks in the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
  • Visit the nearby Donkey Sanctuary.

Devon coastal walks allows you to truly immerse yourself in the stunning landscape dotted across this charismatic location. You'll meander marvellous tracks past sandstone cliffs, which change colour with the angle of the sun and transform from brilliant red to burnt umber. So, admire the contrast of the lush, green pastures and the blue haze of the sea, in this prime walking region.

You can choose from a sublime selection of walks here, starting with magnificent clifftop trails, followed by diverse terrains which are rich in wildlife. Both the extensive moorland and lowland heath provide tremendous trekking, too.

The duration of your getaway will be spent in the traditional and charming area of Sidmouth, which is perfectly placed for memorable, scenic walking. This friendly town is not only found on the glorious South West Coast Path, but it also lies close to the red rock precipices of Salcombe Hill, which offer impressive views over the village.

Our guided walking holiday in Devon lets you experience the finest hiking routes in this captivating county.

As well as the 95-mile-long Jurassic Coast shoreline, in your own time you may wish to explore numerous passages along the Exe and Axe Estuaries, including the East Devon Way and many other circular strolls. Plus, there are centuries of local history to uncover throughout.

  • En suite three-star hotel accommodation on a half board basis
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by public bus
  • Services of a Classic Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Lunches
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

79605

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent arrival at the Mount Pleasant Hotel in Sidmouth. Check in is from 2pm. You will meet your tour leader and group members prior to dinner for a briefing and welcome. Dinner each evening is taken in the hotel restaurant. 

Day 2

A coastal walk going east and inland to the Donkey Sanctuary

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    360m

This is a hilly walk but you will be rewarded with superb coastal scenery of the famous Jurassic Coast. The lunch stop will be at the Donkey Sanctuary at Weston where there are refreshment facilities as well as many animals to look at. Buses go back to Sidmouth from here, but the inland return route via Salcombe Regis is mostly downhill and is easy walking. 

Day 3

Fire Beacon Hill, Tipton and the River Otter

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    415/345m

This is an inland walk through heathland, woods and riverside with some spectacular views of the coast from Fire Beacon Hill nature reserve and including sections of the East Devon Way. 

Day 4

Coast & River Path and Otterton

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    10.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    535m

Today is a coastal walk to Otterton via Mutters Moor and Ladram Bay. Should the weather be clear you will ascend the short stony path to High Peak where the expansive view of Lyme Bay will open up before you. After Ladram Bay, head inland to the pretty village of Otterton for lunch where there is a pub and a tea room. There is the option at this point to catch the hourly service bus back to Sidmouth if you wish. We will then return to the coast path after walking along the river Otter, now famous for its wild beavers and cross countryside to gently descend into Sidmouth continuing along the seafront back to your hotel. 

Day 5

Classic Jurassic Coastline

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    470/560m

Your last walking day begins just outside Seaton, from where you walk across fields to the village of Beer. Follow the coast path past Branscombe Mouth before turning inland to the picturesque village of Branscombe. The return route begins with an undulating inland route back to Beer. We then pick up the coast path once more and continue to the end of the walk at Seaton.

Day 6

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Independent departure from the Mount Pleasant Hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 10.30am. 

We hope you have had an enjoyable holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

12th May 2024 - 17th May 2024 (5 Nights)

21st Jul 2024 - 26th Jul 2024 (5 Nights)

18th Aug 2024 - 23rd Aug 2024 (5 Nights)

22nd Sep 2024 - 27th Sep 2024 (5 Nights)

Travel Details

Public buses will be used, where necessary, to reach the start and finish points of walks. The cost of transport is included in the price of your holiday. 

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

The Mount Pleasant Hotel

We stay at the three-star, family run Mount Pleasant Hotel, close to the River Sid and opposite National Trust Parkland; a quiet location in which to stay, yet the hotel is only a short level walk to the town and Sidmouth's lovely mile long sand and pebble beach.

Hosted by Jonty and Bev the hotel is grade II listed and a fine example of early Georgian architecture. Built around 1795 as a private residence it was subsequently used as a rectory before the building was turned into a hotel during the last century.

The hotel prides itself in its 17 Individually styled en-suite bedrooms, a comfy lounge and peaceful garden. All rooms are individually styled, with varying views, but all just as beautiful. Bedrooms have a TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Please note the hotel only has one pure single room at no supplement. The remaining singles are Double Rooms for Sole Use and are charged at a supplement. 

Please also note that bedrooms are on various levels and there is no lift in the hotel, however should you require help with your bags, please ask hotel staff for assistance. 

Trip Information

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Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 5 moderate holiday which includes full day walks at a moderate pace. The guided walks will vary between inland and coastal walking. The inland walks are mostly on easy paths and tracks. The coastal walks involve steep ascents and descents, sometimes on uneven steps or rocky ground, however, they are short and can be taken at a gentle pace – and the views make it all worthwhile. Walks will last up to 5 hours and will involve between 345m and 560m of cumulative ascent and descent. Daily mileages will be between 7½ miles and 10½ miles.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. 

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

To reach Sidmouth;

Directions form the M5 (12 miles)
Leave the Motorway at junction 30, from the roundabout follow signs for Exmouth/Sidmouth. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit (straight ahead) onto the A3052 which is the main route to Sidmouth. Stay on this road and after climbing the steep hill out of Newton Poppleford the right turn to sidmouth is approximately 300 yards after the top of the hill (opposite the Bowd Inn). Follow this road down into Sidmouth. At the first roundabout you reach turn left. Proceed to the next roundabout and turn left again. Then take the 2nd right opposite the Radway Cinema. The hotel is 200 yards down this road just after the bridge.

Direction from the A303
Follow the A303 until it becomes the A30. When you reach Honiton take the exit of the duel carriageway sign posted Sidmouth. Turn left at the end of the slip road and then left again at the roundabout at top of the road by the garage. Turn right at the next roundabout and straight on at the next then follow this road (A375) through Sidbury to Sidford. At the traffic lights turn left then follow the road out of Sidford past the Blue Ball Inn on your left then right at the bottom of the hill signposted for Sidmouth. Follow this road down into Sidmouth and you will spot the hotel sign ahead of you as you bear right into the town then turn left and immediately sharp left again onto the hotel driveway on Milford Road.

The hotel has free parking available to all guests.

Public transport: the nearest mainline railway station to Sidmouth is in Exmouth. Alternatively, take the train to Exeter St Davids. Frequent bus services connect the station to Exeter bus station, then take the 9 or 9A bus to Sidmouth. We advise you to check the bus timetables as services on a Sunday may be limited. If arriving by train from London (Waterloo), we recommend you alight at Honiton and from there, catch the hourly number 9 bus directly to Sidmouth. 

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the accommodation: www.rome2rio.com 

Route planning to and from Sidmouth. The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk 

Meeting your tour leader and fellow walkers

Please check the time of dinner (approximately 7pm) on arrival at the hotel and aim to be in the hotel lounge half an hour before dinner for an introduction to your tour leader and an outline of the planned programme for your holiday.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Meals

Accommodation is on a half board basis with buffet breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel. Picnic lunches are not included.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer 115 Exmouth & Sidmouth

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.


Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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