On Sunday March 11th, 12 Ramblers joined Sue for a walk starting in Sidmouth.
We parked near the River Sid and walked along the walking/ cycling trail to Sidford. We passed the 17Century Knowle House which had Gothic details added in 1840 and now provides a number of private apartments.
A walk through a beautiful beech woodland brought us to the Donkey Sanctuary. Here we had a short break to admire the new Visitor Centre, Restaurant and facilities which were cleverly sited adjacent to the Gift shop to which several members succumbed!
We continued our walk towards the coast path via Weston Combe and descended to Weston beach for our lunch.The beach was deserted and we heard the mesmorising sound of the pebbles being flung up the beach by the sizable waves.
Leaving the beach required a climb of 188 steps (as counted by Adam) to the top of the 450′ cliffs by Lincombe and Higher Dunscombe Cliffs.
We passed an interesting information board explaining that the nearby Weston Plats had been used for vegetable, corn and flower production in the 1930 s, some of the goods being sent to London markets.
This section of the path became incredibly muddy and slippery, not only because of recent weather but also because of the ponies whose purpose is to graze the coastal vegetation .
A 40″ spell if rain passed to allow welcome sunshine and the lifting of the mist.
Returning to the cars we had time for leisurely tea and cakes at Sidmouth Garden centre
An enjoyable 8.5 miles.