Sidmouth is a thriving Regency seaside town which lies at the mouth of the River Sid in East Devon. 15 miles south-east of Exeter, it is now renowned as a welcoming tourist resort and a gateway town on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site. The town is nestled between red coloured cliffs in a wonderful valley on the South West Coastal Path which is in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The town flourishes with a vibrant business community of shops, restaurants, tea rooms and pubs. There are unlimited sporting facilities and numerous clubs to suit all requirements. Sidmouth, a frequent winner of the Britain in Bloom award, has a cinema and museum and is home to the Norman Lockyer Observatory and Planetarium. The Manor Pavillion houses local theatre and an arts centre. Sidmouth has its own cottage hospital and busy doctors’ surgery. Sidmouth is known to many for its unique Folk Week in early August. The town has many independent food stores and supermarkets including Waitrose. Sidmouth has all year round appeal. Further information about this wonderful town can be found on www.visitsidmouth.co.uk.
Sidmouth has schooling for all ages including a primary school, secondary college as well as private schools and a variety of early years providers. Further information about local schools is available on www.devon.gov.uk.
Sidbury is a picturesque village which lies about 3 miles north of the Sidmouth Esplanade. The village is located within the Sid Valley, the streets are lined with delightful character cottages. It benefits from a thriving community which includes a primary school, Church, social club and village hall and is serviced by a pub and a general store/butchers shop. There are many clubs and societies in the village and there is an annual Sidbury Fair Week when livestock are auctioned in the street and hot pennies are thrown to the children. More information on www.sidbury.org.uk.
Sidford lies on the outskirts of Sidmouth on the River Sid, 1 mile south of Sidbury. At its centre there are a number of shops and this pleasant community has a population of around 2500 people. It has a mini-market, chemist, hairdresser, vet, fish and chip shop, pubs as well as doctors’ surgery.
Newton Poppleford with nearly 2500 residents is located in the Otter Valley, about 3 miles west of Sidmouth. The parish comprises several small hamlets, within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is perfect for keen walkers. Footpaths link to the East Devon Way and along the River Otter to nearby Tipton St John and Ottery St Mary to the north and Otterton and Budleigh Salterton to the south. Newton Poppleford has much to offer including a popular village school, several restaurants and tea rooms, a pub, takeaway and Post Office/general store, a Church and village hall. There are regular buses to Sidmouth, Exeter and further afield.
To the east of Sidmouth is Salcombe Regis, home to the Donkey Sanctuary, and Weston with its cliff walk down to a secluded beach. Beyond on the coast will be found Branscombe which is a well known tourist destination with two popular inns and beautiful National Trust beach. Branscombe with its Church, village primary school and range of community activities, is one of the longest villages in the country.
The pretty village of Otterton is situated between Sidmouth and the next coastal town, Budleigh Salterton. Charming cob cottages line the main street and the village is home to a public house, craft centre and restaurant. The Otter Estuary Nature Reserve begins at Otterton and is a haven for wild birds. The lovely Bicton Park Botanical Gardens are nearby.