Cirencester Ramblers

March 5th Sidmouth Long Walk

Sunday was even windier than Saturday, plus it was even muddier under foot after heavy overnight rain. Nine walkers set off to walk east along the South West Coast Path. After walking along the Promenade we started a steady ascent up Salcombe Hill Cliff, before descending and sliding down to Salcombe Mouth. Here we paused to catch our breath before ascending 500ft up Higher Dunscombe Cliff. From here we detoured inland to Lincombe, before descending/sliding into Dunscombe Coppice.

We then left the coast behind us as we went inland to Dunscombe Manor House. From here we walked into The Donkey Sanctuary, where we enjoyed our lunch, out of the wind, sitting on commemorative benches. Luxury! After crossing several fields we arrived in Salcombe Regis, where we enjoyed daffodils in the churchyard in glorious spring sunshine. Our path took us past South Combe Farm and back onto the plateau above Salcombe, from where we were blessed with fine views of where we had walked both on Saturday and Sunday. Finally we descended Salcombe Hill Cliff back into Sidmouth.

Much windier today as we make our ascent up Salcombe Hill Cliff

Strenuous descent into Salcombe Mouth

Enjoying a rest atop of Higher Dunscombe Cliff where the beach at Weston Mouth can be seen below us

The beautiful church of St Mary and St Peter in Salcombe Regis

On top of Salcombe Cliff we realised we were not too far from France