Picnic Spots in & around Sidmouth

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Whether you’re staying with us here at the Bedford Hotel for a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, exploring the local area is a must. And, one of the best ways to experience Sidmouth’s beauty is by enjoying a picnic at one of its many scenic spots. 

From lush gardens and tranquil parks to stunning beaches and breathtaking hilltops, Sidmouth offers a variety of picturesque locations perfect for some alfresco dining.

Here are our top recommendations for the best picnic spots in and around Sidmouth. And don’t forget, we do offer packed lunches upon request, ensuring you have a delicious and hassle-free picnic experience…

1. Connaught Gardens

Connaught Gardens, a short walk from the Bedford Hotel, is a charming spot with stunning views of the coastline. It’s ideal for a relaxing picnic amidst beautifully maintained flower beds and lush greenery, and there’s also a lovely café for additional treats. Also, if you are lucky, you may catch the Sidmouth Town Band playing on the main bandstand (please see link here for the list of dates they will be performing). 

2. Jacob’s Ladder Beach

Just below Connaught Gardens, Jacob’s Ladder Beach offers a picturesque setting for a seaside picnic. The sandy beach and the iconic white ladder create a unique atmosphere. Bring a blanket and enjoy the sound of the waves as you dine by the sea.

3. The Byes

The Byes is a delightful linear park that follows the River Sid through town. It’s great for a leisurely picnic with various areas to choose from, whether you prefer open fields or shady spots under trees. The tranquil river and birdsong provide a serene backdrop for your outdoor feast.

4. Peak Hill

For those who enjoy a bit of a hike, Peak Hill offers breathtaking panoramic views of Sidmouth and the Jurassic Coast. The effort to get there is rewarded with several spots at the top where you can lay out a blanket and enjoy your picnic with a stunning vista.

5. Sidmouth Arboretum

The Sidmouth Arboretum, part of The Byes, is also an excellent picnic destination. It features a diverse collection of trees and plants, making it an interesting place to explore before settling down for your meal. The natural beauty and variety of flora create a captivating environment.

6. Salcombe Hill

Salcombe Hill offers another opportunity for those who don’t mind a short drive or a hike. This area is part of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and provides spectacular views of the coastline and the countryside. It’s an ideal location for a picnic if you want to feel like you’re away from it all while still being close to Sidmouth.

7. Blackmore Gardens

In the heart of Sidmouth, Blackmore Gardens provides a quaint and quiet spot for a picnic without having to venture far from the town centre. The well-maintained gardens and the peaceful ambiance make it a lovely place to relax and enjoy your basket of goodies.

8. Ladram Bay

A short drive from Sidmouth, Ladram Bay is renowned for its unique red sandstone cliffs and tranquil waters. It’s a bit more secluded, offering a great spot for a picnic while enjoying the dramatic coastal scenery.

9. Sidmouth Beach

And of course, we couldn’t forget about Sidmouth Beach, another excellent choice, right in the heart of town and just metres from the hotel. The pebble beach, coupled with the stunning views of the surrounding cliffs, provides a wonderful setting for a beachside picnic. You can enjoy the sea breeze and the sound of the waves, making it a favourite spot for both locals and visitors.

Our Top Tips for a Wonderful Picnic:

  • Pack a Variety of Foods: Include sandwiches, salads, fruits, and some local treats from Sidmouth’s delis and bakeries.
  • Bring Comfortable Seating: A picnic blanket and some cushions can make your experience much more comfortable.
  • Check the Weather: Make sure to check the weather forecast to avoid any unexpected rain showers.
  • Take Your Rubbish Home: Ensure you leave the spot as clean as you found it by taking all your rubbish with you.

We hope this guide inspires you to pack a picnic and discover the delightful outdoor experiences Sidmouth has to offer. At the Bedford Hotel, we’re always here to provide you with the perfect base for your adventures. Happy picnicking!

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