Enjoy a 360 virtual tour of Jacobs Ladder Beach one of Sidmouth’s two large beaches and a great spot for families
Jacobs Ladder Beach is one of Sidmouth’s two large beaches and a great spot for families. The beach is an expanse of hand-sized pebbles (shingle) and sand backed by steep cliffs that provide some shelter. Don’t forget to leave the pebbles on the beach they are protected by law! The lower the tide the more sand is unveiled. The western end of the beach is where you will find plenty of rock pools at low tide. Jacob’s Ladder itself is the tall white set of 60 steps that have been constructed to link Connaught Gardens above to the beach below and where the beach gets its name. Whilst the beach can be accessed via the steps it is also possible to walk around from Town beach via a level path. The beach does have a dog ban during the summer months.
- Tip: The cliffs are very prone to rockfalls and landslides, so don’t sunbath directly near the cliff.
Jacobs Ladder Beach is located in Sidmouth on the English Channel in Devon, South West, UK, on the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site and the South West Coast Path. 14 miles (23 km) southeast of Exeter.
- Jacobs Ladder has 60 steps.
- A Blue Flag Beach.
- Dog bins are provided. Dogs are welcome all year on a small area at the east end of the beach. Dogs are not permitted on the main beach between the 1st May and the 30th September.
- The red-coloured rock indicates the arid conditions of the Triassic geological period. The coastline around Sidmouth is one of the most important sites in the world for fossils from the Triassic period. Over the years incredibly rare and fragile fossils have been carefully collected, cleaned and studied, making it possible to reconstruct the environment of the Jurassic Coast as it would have been some 235 million years ago.
- Deep shelving beach
- Strong currents
- Tidal cut-off
- Unstable Cliffs
Access to the beach in the mid-19th century steps were cut into the cliff. This developed into a cart track used to transport lime (brought in by boat from places such as Branscombe) to the lime kiln which has now been converted into the tea rooms. Cliff erosion caused the path to fall in 1870 but access to the beach was popular with the Victorians so they built an extremely long ladder. The steep ladder was not popular though as it was difficult to use in the period clothing of the day. A new ladder was built in much the same style as the steps today.
- The chine with the zigzag path down to the beach was created in the 1950’s. The esplanade walk around the base of the cliff was completed a few years later.
- Clock Tower Restaurant
If arriving by car it’s only a short walk from Manor Road car park. Disabled access isn’t to bad, just be cautious. There is a steep slope down from Connaught Gardens or the long path around from Town Beach. If using the ladder there are 60 steps.
Sidmouth EX10 8RU. Car is the easiest way to get here. There is some short stay on street parking if you’re lucky, but Manor Road car park is a large long stay car park nearby. Parking is easy enough off-season, but in summer months can be a lot more challenging.
- Bus, services to Sidmouth run regularly from Exeter and Honiton. Most buses arrive/depart “The Triangle” 200 m from the seafront.
- Car, the A375 connects Sidmouth with the A3052 at Sidford.
- Ferry, from Exmouth.
- The cliffs are very prone to rockfalls and landslides, so don’t sunbath directly near the cliff.
- The pebbles on the beach are legally protected, so it is actually an offence to take them away!
- There is no lifeguard.
- There are public toilets in Connaught Gardens.
- Dogs are not permitted on the beach between the 1st May and the 30th September.
- Cleaned daily in summer and monthly in the winter by district council.
- Type: Shingle & sand
- Hanson Cabs, 07460 230220
- Sidmouth Taxis, 07474 205328
- Orchard Taxis, 01395 578883
- Peak Taxis, 01395 513322
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