Walking

Walking trail

Salcombe views and valleys

Walking trail

A walk around Salcombe Hill with breathtaking views of the Devon Jurassic Coast. This walk leads out to a viewpoint on the cliff top with amazing views over Sidmouth and on a good day out to Portland Bill in Dorset. In summer the area is filled with wild flowers, such as foxgloves and buttercups, as well as butterflies.

View from Salcombe Hill looking down to Sidmouth and the Jurassic coastline

Map

Map route for Salcombe Hill circular walk views and valleys

Start:

Salcombe Hill car park, grid ref SY148889

1

From the car park, head along the tarmac lane. After about 50yd (46m), turn left onto the gravel path and enjoy the wonderful views across the Sidmouth Valley to your right.

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2

Follow the waymarked route down towards the cliff edge.

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3

Continue until you reach the toposcope. On a clear day there are fabulous views along the Jurrasic Coast all the way to Portland Bill. You can also see the Channel Islands and even the north of France. After enjoying the views, turn left along the South West coastal path.

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4

Follow the coastal path until you reach the 'Frog Stone'. This stone, which looks amusingly frog-like, was placed here by helicopter from a Royal Navy frigate on 10th April 1964. From this point you have more wonderful views over the Salcombe mouth valley. Leave the coastal path and follow the waymarked path.

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5

You'll reach a kissing gate, heading into the woodland area. At this point there are a number of longer walks to be explored, but to complete this walk turn left, following the waymarked route back to the car park.

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End:

Salcombe Hill car park, grid ref SY148889

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Salcombe views and valleys

Terrain

The terrain is mostly flat and can become muddy in wet weather. Dogs are welcome but please keep them on leads around livestock.

Salcombe views and valleys

Contact us

Telephone: 01297 680507

Email: eastdevon@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/branscombe

Salcombe views and valleys

How to get here

Address
Salcombe Hill, near Sidmouth, Devon
By train

Honiton, 10 miles (16km)

By road

From Exeter take M5 turning onto A3052 and head east, following signs to Sidmouth. Travel into Sidmouth town centre turning right onto Salcombe Road, located just before Scott cinema. Continue along Salcombe road before turning left onto Sid Road and then right onto Salcombe Hill Road. Continue east along this road for 1 mile (1.6km) until Salcombe Hill car park.

By bus

Jurassic Coast X53 links the East Devon coast to Exeter St Davids, Sidmouth and Seaton. Alternatively from Exeter use the Stagecoach 52B service to Sidmouth. From Sidmouth, Salcombe Hill is a two mile (3.2km) walk.

Salcombe views and valleys

Facilities and access

  • NT car park
  • Nearest WCs and refreshments in Sidmouth