Accessible walk: Salcombe Hill

Walking trail

This short, accessible walk offers a fantastic introduction to the South West Coast Path for families and explorers with reduced mobility.

Learn about the Jurassic Coast

With a well maintained gravel path, Salcombe Hill allows easy access to a small section of the South West Coast Path where you can enjoy the fantastic views of the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site cliffs. Orientate yourself along the South West coast using the toposcope and enjoy a flask of tea whilst admiring the views from one of the cliff top benches.

There are stunning views across to Sidmouth from many sections of this accessible walk


Map of the accessible walk at Salcombe Hill


Salcombe Hill car park (National Trust), grid ref: SY148889


Take the path from the car park past the National Trust orientation board. Follow the path to the left passing through the gap between oak leaf routed National Trust bollards towards to the coast. As the path forks continue forward until you reach the cliff top.


Follow the path around to the right towards the Salcombe Hill toposcope which identifies points of interest along the coast.

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Continue right along the path to one of the benches for a rest and to admire the fantastic views across Sidmouth, High Peak, Ladrum Bay and beyond.

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Continue along the path leading around to the right (ignoring the South West Coast Path turning to the left which leads down into Sidmouth) until you reach the fork in the path once more. Bear left and follow the path back to the car park

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Salcombe Hill car park (National Trust), grid ref: SY148889

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Accessible walk: Salcombe Hill


This route allows you to Explore Salcombe Hill using a series of well-maintained gravel paths suitable for pushchairs and wheel chairs.

Accessible walk: Salcombe Hill

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Accessible walk: Salcombe Hill

How to get here

Salcombe Hill car park (National Trust), grid ref: SY148889
By road

The National Trust car park is opposite the Norman Lockyer Observatory (postcode: EX10 0NY) which is signposted from the A3052.

By bus

In the summer, the Sidmouth Hopper (running free hourly services from May – September excluding Sidmouth Folk Festival week) passes the National Trust car park. Ask the driver to stop at the National Trust car park/Norman Lockyer Observatory stop. Outside this period, take a bus to Sidmouth and then commence this circular walk from the eastern end of Sidmouth seafront next to the seascape mural at The Ham.

By bicycle

A Route 2 cycle path from Sidmouth passes immediately in front of the National Trust carpark where this circular walk commences. For further information about this cycle path please view the National Cycle Network website.

Accessible walk: Salcombe Hill

Facilities and access

  • A National Trust Car park (free to NT members) is available at the starting point of this walk. Picnic tables can be found at the Salcombe Hill car park.