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An opportunity to try out the Google Maps customisation interface (above): I took a day off on Monday for this walk along the East Devon coast between Sidmouth and Beer (unfortunately minus Clare, who isn't at all keen on the heat). I've walked this section several times before, but never in full summer. Also, as I had uncertain exploration plans en route, I took a 'lite' version that starts at the Donkey Sanctuary - bypassing the initial 500ft ascent from Sidmouth and the two equally high descents-ascents at Salcombe Mouth and Weston Mouth - and follows inland lanes through the hamlet of Weston, before heading south to join the South West Coast Path.
|Sidmouth, looking toward Peak Hill|
|Sidmouth, looking eastward|
|Donkey Sanctuary, looking down Weston Combe|
|Weston House - I've written a bit more about its history in|
Weston House: a ruined Devon villa
It is necessary for a carriage to go round the head of the valley by Slade, in order to reach Weston House, the ruins of which are seen at a distance. This mansion, when' the property of Stuckey Bartlett, Esq., was consumed by fire, and has never been rebuilt. The author went over with some school-fellows the next day, and burnt the soles of his shoes among the still smouldering ruins. He brought back a mass of lead, which had run off the roof in a moulten state, and had formed itself into a heap on the ground, where the drops had cooled as they fell. The marble mantel pieces, burnt into lime, could be easily broken with the hands, like a biscuit.About a mile from the Donkey Sanctuary, a side road signposted "Weston Cliffs" leads south, turning into a track across a field that meets the clifftop coast path.
- p.89, A new guide to Sidmouth and the neighbourhood, Peter Orlando Hutchinson, 1857
|The track south to Weston Cliffs|
|... across a field ...|
|... and to the Coast Path, with views back to Sidmouth|
|Sidmouth far below|
|A trifle hazy, but the Isle of Portland, 30 miles away, was visible|
|Littlecombe Shoot, looking south-east|
|Cliffside "plats" to the west of Branscombe Mouth|
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|View down to Littlecombe Shoot|
Probably the easiest access routes are the clearly signposted descent to Littlecombe Shoot, and the very obvious foliage 'tunnel' at the point where the Coast Path joins woodland track.
|A glimpse seaward|
|Path got too overgrown here|
|Almost hidden house|
As you reach the end of this section, the view back toward Sidmouth is a delight. These green-cloaked trii-coloured cliffs are among the most beautiful in the country; I have come to love living in Devon.
Continued in Sidmouth to Beer - 'lite' version - #2.