Forest

Sidbury Castle

What will I see?

Iron Age Hill Fort. Sidbury Castle is an impressive East Devon Iron Age hillfort. It has never been tested archaeologically but the characteristic shape and the finds which have come to light over the years certainly support the dating. Hutchinson writes in his diary on 28 March 1864:

"Went to examine Sidbury Castle, as men are now working on its stones preparatory to bringing the land into cultivation ...... they had found a cave or hole full of round pebbles .... on going to the spot at the West end of the inner agger on the south side of the Camp, I found a considerable space strewed with them. They were beach pebbles, totally different from the angular flints of the hill and resembling the sling-stones of Stockland Great Camp".
On the ground there are visible remains such as ditches and banks. Today it is managed by landowner agreement with English Heritage.

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How do I get there?

Access is once a year via guided tours to coincide with Sidbury Fair Week.

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East Devon AONB Partnership
Kennaway House
Coburg Road, Sidmouth
EX10 8NG

Tel: 01404 46663

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