Salcombe Hill - Salcombe Regis - SW Coast Path - Salcombe Hill

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Salcombe Hill - Observatory - Salcombe Regis - Donkey Sanctuary - SW Coast Path - Salcombe Hill

The walk starts at the car park near the Norman Lockyer Astronomical Observatory, whose grounds are open during daylight hours. Various day and night events are held during the year; for more details see or visit the Tourist Information Centre in Sidmouth.

From the observatory, the walk passes through woodland to the peaceful village of Salcombe Regis. The church here dates from 1107 and was restored in 1845. In the churchyard is the grave of Sir Norman Lockyer, who died in 1920. There is also a memorial to Sir Ambrose Fleming; students of electrical engineering will know he invented the thermionic valve and devised the 'left-hand rule'.

Rising from the village, the walk crosses fields to the Donkey Sanctuary, where its many inhabitants can be seen and patted. There is a cafe here, serving light meals and the inevitable Devon Cream Tea. More information on the sanctuary is at

Heading down the valley, the walk picks up the South West Coast Path at Weston Mouth. To cool the feet in the sea, an optional detour to the beach is possible. Perhaps I should mention that the beach is sometimes used by naturists - so you may see some sights that will put you off your tea.

The top of Dunscombe Cliff is reached after a steep climb, offering views east along the Jurassic Coast towards Lyme Regis and west towards Exmouth and beyond. Further on, the path drops to Salcombe Mouth, then a second steep climb brings the walk to an end at the car park.

England - South West England - Devon - Countryside


Cafe, Church, Great Views, Sea, Toilets, Woodland
11/5/2020 - Patricia Lynch

We did this walk yesterday. While there were some excellent views, the walk should definitely not be rated as 'Easy'. The two steep climbs are long as well as steep, and the descents were hard on the knees. Overall it was harder than any of the 'Moderate' walks I have undertaken from this website. We enjoyed stopping at the bench mentioned at point 15 for lunch.

5/7/2012 - Walkingworld Admin

Our thanks to Peter Herd for his update and new photo for this walk. May 2012. Adrian (Admin)

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