Walking Festival - Welcome launch event
Join us at Historic Kennaway House, Sidmouth EX10 8NG Enjoy tea & cake & a Ukulele Band at this year's Festival Launch.
Meet others, pick up your walker's guidebooks (with real OS maps inside), free leaflets, enjoy a slide show of glorious East Devon images and of course meet your local walk guides.
At 3 & 3.30pm get your walking boots ready for optional guided walks around Sidmouth - sure to get you in the mood for the week ahead.
The festival dates are: Sunday 18th September - Sunday 25th September
Discover Glorious East Devon with this festival, offering over 23 walks, there is sure to be something for everyone. With 3 walks a day, come and discover this outstanding area with us.
Make a holiday of it
There are over 100 businesses listed on www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk web site.
Every day there is a coastal walk, a circular walk with an expert and a linear walk along the 40 mile East Devon Way plus more!
This year East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is proud to join with the Ramblers of the Sidmouth Walking Festival to create a larger, longer walking festival for all to enjoy
Find all walks on Facebook or pick up a free walks leaflet.
Booking required – through Sidmouth Tourist Information Center 01395 516441 or
East Devon Way - a beautiful 40 mile walk from Exmouth to Lyme Regis through the heart of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A new walker's guidebook is available with easy to follow walk directions, lots of photos and wildlife information. Planning an East Devon Way holiday couldn't be easier with our new Google map showing over 100 places to eat, sleep and drink along the way.
New circular routes off the East Devon Way
We know you like walking, but some people prefer a circular route so they can get back to their car or bus / train. A series of circular routes off the East Devon Way have been developed for us by the Ramblers with the support of East Devon District Council. To see these routes in detail please register for free on the Ramblers web site, look for a local walk, click the link to the map then you can find and print the walk you like. Or you can print the overview map below.
South West Coast Path - This acorn marked path passes through East Devon and takes you along the Jurassic Coast where you will literally walk through time, as the rocks record an extraordinary 185 million years of the Earth's history. Villages and seaside towns are dotted at convenient locations along the route, some of which are served by public transport. The varied geology provides changing landscapes and spectacular scenery throughout your journey.
Walk This Way - is a scheme that has been introduced in East Devon to encourage people of all ages including those with health and mobility problems, and those recovering from illness, to walk for their health. These walks are led by qualified volunteer walk leaders, who have undergone the National Walking for Health training, as well as training in First Aid & Resuscitation. These walks are a mixture of town and country walks and are aimed at those who are doing very little or no exercise at the moment, but who would like to become more active. The walks are between 1 and 3 miles, and are graded for difficulty.A series of five short walks is included in our Discover the East Devon AONB leaflet.
The Otter Valley - Situated between Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth, the beautiful Otter Valley supports a diverse range of wildlife with numerous species often seen along walking routes. Visit the Otter Valley Association website for suggested routes.
Pebblebed Heaths - East Devon Pebblebed Heaths lie on ancient geological formations called pebblebeds, which were deposited in the Triassic Age when a large river wound through what was then a desert area. The heathlands support a diverse range of flora and become a stunning haze of purple in August when the heather is in full flower. Some rare bird species, such as the Dartford Warbler and Nightjar are also found on the heaths. For more information and to request 'A Walker's Guide' visit the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust.
Devon Walks - For a range of suggested day walks giving distances and availability of facilities within East Devon and beyond, click here.
Ramblers - If you prefer to walk in company and to meet new people as well as enjoying the beautiful countryside, the East Devon Group of the Ramblers Association organises a variety of walks every week of the year.