Jacob's Ladder beach lies just to the west of the town of Sidmouth on the South Devon coast.
Southeast facing, the wide pebble and sand beach can be accessed quite easily via the Clifton Walkway from Sidmouth or via steps and a ramp through the Connaught Gardens.
The beach swings in a narrow crescent southwest towards Green Point, High Peak and Otterton. Activites here include swimming, best on a rising tide.
Geologists will be interested by the 'Otter Sandstone' cliffs and the 'Mercia Mudstone' with the fault boundary apparent behind the steps to the beach.
Refreshments are located above the beach at the wonderful Clock Tower Café, a former lime kiln, and deckchairs are also available for hire. Younger members of your group may wish to explore the rock pools, especially at Chit Rocks and the western end of the beach.
Parking for the beach lie at Manor Road (Long Stay) car park about 200 yards (160m) away or in Sidmouth itself about half a mile away.
A seasonal dog ban operates from 1st May to 30th September on the main Jacob's Ladder beach, although dogs are welcome all year at the far end of the beach. Please check local beach signage for up to date information.
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ Dogs on some parts of beach
✔ Interesting geology
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:
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