Discover and explore East Devon's natural beauty during 10th anniversary walking festival

By Francesca Evans

6th Aug 2023 | Local News

Explore the stunning scenery of East Devon this September
Explore the stunning scenery of East Devon this September

Residents and visitors are invited to discover and explore the natural beauty of the local area during the 10th anniversary Sidmouth & East Devon Walking Festival.

East Devon Ramblers are excited to feature the East Devon Way once again as a highlight of their week-long Sidmouth & East Devon Walking Festival, which will take place from September 16 to 22.

It is a decade since the festival first launched, and it has retained its full programme of 24 daily walks which include the opportunity of walking the entire 40-mile length of the East Devon Way over five days.

All walks are free of charge and led by experienced volunteer guides, but must be booked in advance. The only charge is £10 per day for the East Devon Way to cover the cost of transport from Sidmouth to the start and back from the finish each day.

The East Devon Way is a stunning walking trail and offers a remarkable journey through East Devon's picturesque landscape, showcasing its natural beauty and rich heritage off the beaten track.

The well-established route spans 40 miles, meandering through enchanting woodlands, heathlands, rolling hills and valleys, and coastal paths. With diverse terrain and tranquil surroundings, it's an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

In addition to the East Devon Way, the festival offers a range of 19 guided walks for all interests and fitness levels, from leisurely strolls to challenging hikes, and special interest walks led by expert guides, including an inclusive walk suitable for mobility scooters and wheelchairs, a storytelling walk with local author Janet Dowling, and a heritage trail led by former Mayor of Ottery St Mary, Roger Giles.

Each walk is thoughtfully curated to provide a unique experience that connects participants with the history and beauty of East Devon. Discover the area's history, wildlife, and natural wonders as you traverse the valleys of the Otter, Sid and Axe rivers, and witness the dramatic cliffs and beaches of the Jurassic Coast.

Norma Self and Ted Swan are founder-members of the Walking Festival and still part of the East Devon Ramblers organising team.

"We're delighted to showcase the East Devon Way at the Sidmouth & East Devon Walking Festival," said Norma.

"This trail offers a remarkable opportunity to discover the hidden gems of East Devon while enjoying the physical and mental benefits of walking in nature."

Ted added: "Whether you're an experienced hiker or a novice walker, this festival promises an unforgettable experience."

The Sidmouth & East Devon Walking Festival will take place from September 16 to 22 2023, offering a week-long celebration of walking, exploration, and community.

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