Sidmouth Town beach lies at the seaward end of the valley of the River Sid, wedged between high cliffs of the characteristic red sandstone of the area on the South coast of Devon.
The southeast-facing beach is backed by the Esplanade so all the usual facilities are to be found close at hand. At low tide some sand is uncovered, the long strip of beach extending southwest to the Chit Rocks where it abuts Jacob's Ladder beach.
The beach consists mainly of hand sized pebbles backed by a low sea wall with a number of groynes jutting seaward to prevent erosion of the beach by 'longshore drift'.
Sidmouth boasts a wide range of things to do in the town and the surrounding area. Sidmouth has its own theatre - the Manor Pavilion Theatre at Manor Road and the well respected Norman Lockyer Observatory lies about a mile inland on Salcombe Hill Road.
There is an Inshore inflatable lifeboat housed at Eastern Town and Sidmouth Sailing Club regularly holds sailing races and a regatta.
Sidmouth lies within the East Devon AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and is part of the East Devon and Dorset World Heritage Site, more commonly called the Jurassic Coast. Sidmouth lies on Otter Sandstone dating from the Triassic geological era (205-245 mya) and is the perfect base from which to explore the coast in a southwesterly direction to Ladram Bay, the estuary of the River Otter and Budleigh Salterton or east over Weston Mouth and Branscombe to Beer and Seaton.
The South West Coast Path runs through the town which normally hosts a Walking Festival in late summer; for more information please contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01395 516441.
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Interesting geology
✘ Total dog ban
OS Explorer Map 115: Exmouth and Sidmouth, Honiton
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
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:
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