Salcombe Hill running trail

Running trail

Short but sweet, this new running trail offers a variety of terrain for you to take in the coast and countryside, promising spectacular views towards Sidmouth all year round.

Take a peak at the view of Sidmouth over the gorse growing along the coast


Map of the route for the Salcombe Hill running trail.


Sidmouth Hill National Trust car park


From the notice board in the car park, join the adjacent footpath. Go through the bollards, continue along the gravel path and take the left-hand fork. You’ll reach the coast path with a bench and a pedestrian gate on your left

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Go through the pedestrian gate into a field, following the path on the right-hand side, which will lead you through the next pedestrian gate. Bear left, avoiding the steep descent, and head for the kissing gate which will lead you into another field.

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Coastal views along the Jurassic Coast near Sidmouth


Continue following the track, through another gate until you reach a set of three steps descending to a kissing gate which leads into the woods.


Follow the track straight ahead of you through the woods. At the end of the track, go through the pedestrian gate. Take care whilst crossing the lane, as you run to the other pedestrian gate that's almost opposite you.

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Carry on along this track. As you bear left, the track will start to descend and will continue to do so for a short while. Ignore the set of steps on the right.


When you reach a clearing in the woods, bear left, ignoring the bridleway on the right. Continue along this path, over the boardwalk, until you reach the road again.

Pathway through the woods on the Salcombe Hill running route


Here you need to turn right and then take the next footpath on the left. Follow this ascending path back up to the top of Salcombe Hill, where you will re-join the footpath that will take you back to the car park.


Sidmouth Hill National Trust car park

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Salcombe Hill running trail


The terrain is varied, ranging from flat gravel paths to hilly tracks. The route can be slippery when wet and can be quite uneven. The route is accessible to walkers, joggers and runners. Dogs are welcome under close control. Due to the number of trees along this route it is advised that you only use it during daylight hours and not in windy conditions.

Salcombe Hill running trail

How to get here

Salcombe Hill National Trust car park, EX10 0NY
By road

Postcode: EX10 0NY
Grid Reference: SY 139 882

Between Sidmouth and Salcombe Regis, just off the A3052. From here, take the second right Trow Hill, then another right onto Vyecroft Lane, then another right at the end onto Salcombe Hill Road, heading for Norman Lockyer Observatory.

From Sidmouth centre, take Salcombe Road, bear left and then take the first right onto Salcombe Hill Road towards the Observatory.


Salcombe Hill running trail

Facilities and access

  • National Trust car park
  • Nearest toilet and refreshments in Sidmouth