Eenjoy a 360 virtual tour of Sidmouth Town Beach part of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty popular with fossil hunters.
Walking along Sidmouth seafront is stunning on a sunny day and you can see why it’s part of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is popular with fossil hunters and you will often see people scouring the rocks at the bottom of the cliffs. The beach is largely made up of hand-sized pebbles above the shoreline, though the lower the tide the more sand is unveiled. The center of the beach does have a dog ban during the summer months, but the furthest eastern side beside the river dogs are allowed all year round. To the right the esplanade extends beyond Chit Rocks towards Jacobs Ladder Beach.
The slipway is at the eastern end which gives boats access to the sea. At the western end of the esplanade kayaks and canoes are available for hire.
Sidmouth Town Beach is located on the English Channel in Devon, South West, UK, beside the mouth of the River Sid in a valley between Peak Hill to the west and Salcombe Hill to the east. It is surrounded by the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is on the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site and the South West Coast Path. 14 miles (23 km) southeast of Exeter.
- A Blue Flag Beach.
- The main town beach is 1 mile (1.6km) long and mainly shingle.
- 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
Attempts were made to construct a harbour, none succeeded. A lack of shelter in the bay prevented the town’s growth as a port. The most concerted effort was a short-lived attempt in the 1830s at the west of the seafront; this included the construction of the Sidmouth Harbour Railway along the seafront and into a tunnel at the cliffs to the east that would have transported stone from Hook Ebb. Only a few traces of the railway and tunnel survive today.
- A series of southwesterly storms in the early 1990s washed away much of the shingle beach protecting the masonry. A set of artificial rock islands was constructed to protect the seafront, and tons of pebbles were trucked in to replace the beach.
Cafés, restaurants, pubs and shops are close to the beach. I’ve personally only been to one so far the Pea Green Boat.
- The Pea Green Boat
It’s easy to walk around, the seafront is all on the level. There are various access points along the esplanade. Access is level in places and there are also steps at various points. At the eastern end of the esplanade there is a short slipway. The beach is mostly shingle with some sand only unveiled at low tide. There are three public toilets one at the eastern end of the beach, in the town centre next to the market and at the triangle.
The Esplanade, Sidmouth EX10 8NS. Car is the easiest way to get here and only way I have ever come. Driving and parking are easy enough off-season, but in summer months can be a lot more challenging. There is a ‘park and walk’ service from the council offices on station road, which involves a 15 minute walk into town.
- 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.
- Train, Since the closure of the Sidmouth Railway in 1967, the nearest railway stations are Feniton, Honiton or Whimple, all on the West of England line with services running to Exeter and east to Salisbury and London. Feniton is the nearest of these stations, being 8 miles (13 km) away.
- Sidmouth won a Blue Flag for the first time in July 2020.
- There is no lifeguard, and swimmers should not swim beyond the marked buoys as there are strong currents in the offshore breakwaters.
- The slipway is at the eastern end which gives boats access to the sea. At the western end of the esplanade kayaks and canoes are available for hire.
- There are three public toilets one at the eastern end of the beach, in the town centre next to the market and at the triangle.
- Dogs are welcome all year on a small area at the east end of the beach near the river, bins are provided. Dogs are not permitted on the main beach between the 1st May and the 30th September.
- Cleaned daily during the summer and monthly the rest of the year.
- Type: Shingle
- Hanson Cabs, 07460 230220
- Sidmouth Taxis, 07474 205328
- Orchard Taxis, 01395 578883
- Peak Taxis, 01395 513322
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