Cirencester Ramblers

March 4th Sidmouth Long Walk

Eighteen walkers set out on a blustery morning to walk west along the South West Coastal Path. We ascended the hill to Windgate, which today was appropriately named! We then headed inland along Bar's Lane enjoying the bucolic views over to Lower Pinn Farm, with Dartmoor in the far distance. This took us down into the village of Otterton, where we stopped for coffee and cake. From here we joined the River Otter to the sea, where the wind caught up with us.

We found a less windy spot in a dip for lunch, where we enjoyed watching the sea crashing below us. After lunch we stopped at the Brandy Head Research Hut, which is left over from World War Two, when it was used by the RAF. Further information can be found at

Descending to Ladram Bay was easy, with great views east along the coast to Beer Head. We even had the wind on our backs to push up the steep muddy 500 foot incline to High Peak. We paused here to enjoy the views, before descending back into Sidmouth and a well earned mug of tea and cake, after an eleven mile walk.

As Chairman I wish to thank Rosemary, Mike, Alan, Pat and Paul for their help in organising our annual weekend away by the sea. It was a great success for all who took part, with the cherry on the cake being provided by the wonderful staff of the Bedford Hotel, Sidmouth.

Setting off from Sidmouth to walk westwards to Otterton Mill

Looking east towards Beer Head in the distance

Walking eastwards towards Ladram Bay and the Red Cliffs

Inland view from Barr's Lane

Walking down from Peak Hill back into Sidmouth