Favourite Dog Walks in & around Sidmouth

Tail-wagging adventures

Being a dog-friendly hotel and lovers of canine companionship, we’re delighted to introduce you to a selection of dog-friendly walks that showcase the beauty of Sidmouth and its surrounding areas. Whether you’re seeking a leisurely stroll along the beach or more of a challenging hike with incredible views across the famous Jurassic Coast, there’s something for every pair of paws to enjoy.

During May and June, we also have a brilliant package available for you to enjoy. Our Dog Friendly Getaway is the ultimate 2 night break for you and your four-legged friend! See more details here.

1. River Otter Walk

This 4 mile (approx) circular route starts and ends at Otterton Mill, located in Budleigh Salterton, just a stone’s throw away from Sidmouth (note, you will need a car or public transport to get there though).

Enjoy a tranquil amble along the River Otter, perfect for both dogs and their owners. This leisurely walk offers picturesque views and provides ample opportunities for your furry friend to splash and play in the water. Keep an eye out for local wildlife (like otters and beavers) as you meander along this path, which is sure to leave you feeling rejuvenated and connected to nature.

If you are feeling peckish and in need of a refuel, we would recommend starting or finishing with a coffee and cake at Otterton Mill – they are delicious. The dog friendly cafe-restaurant has plenty of water bowls and free doggy treats too!

2. Salcombe Hill Walk

For those seeking a more invigorating excursion, the 4.5 mile (approx) Salcombe Hill Walk promises panoramic views of the stunning coastline.

If you are feeling adventurous, you can walk straight from the Bedford Hotel, but if you want to save your energy, there is also a car park at the base of the hill.

With beautiful woodland, a shingle beach, the Sid River, the historic Alma Bridge and open fields there are plenty of terrains for your canine companion to explore. And once you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping vistas over Lyme Bay and the famous red cliffs of the Jurassic Coast that stretch as far as the eye can see.

3. Peak Hill Walk

Whether you choose to start at the Bedford Hotel or Mutter’s Moor Car Park (a free National Trust Car Park which is a great option for avoiding the steep hill out of Sidmouth), prepare to be enchanted by the breathtaking scenery of Peak Hill.

This charming, relatively flat mile walk takes you to new heights, where you’ll be treated to awe-inspiring views of the coastline and countryside below. On a clear day you can see long to Dorset in one direction, and Exmouth in the other! 

4. Hooken Cliffs Walk

Linking the villages of Beer and Branscombe, this 4 mile (approx) walk is full of tales of Smugglers, Romans and Lacemakers and showcases the rugged beauty of the Jurassic Coast.

This exhilarating trail winds along the cliff edge, offering dramatic vistas of towering cliffs and crashing waves below. With the salty sea breeze in your hair and your loyal companion by your side, you’ll feel truly alive amidst nature’s grandeur.

Note, East Beach in Beer is a dog friendly beach. At Branscombe dogs are allowed on part of the beach all year, but are not allowed 150m East and West of the pole in front of the café.

5. East Hill & Sidbury Circular Walk

Beginning at the public car park in Sidbury, this captivating 7-mile circuit winds through quintessential English countryside, offering panoramic views at various stop points. 

While there are some moderate inclines along this trail, you won’t be disappointed with the rewards; and it’s not a popular route, so you’re not likely to encounter many others on your path. 

Ascending through East Hill Woods, the trail follows the ridge to White Cross before descending back into Sidbury. Simply maintain the lane to your left and the valley to your right, and navigation will be a breeze!

Happy hiking! 

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