Hidden gems to be showcased as part of Sidmouth Walking Festival

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 September 2017

Southwest Coast Path at Baggy Point

Southwest Coast Path at Baggy Point

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Walkers with a love of beautiful views and a thirst to explore the area's hidden gems have been invited to make the most of Sidmouth's Walking Festival

Walkers with a love of beautiful views and a thirst to explore Devon’s hidden gems have been invited to make the most of Sidmouth Walking Festival.

The week-long event will begin tomorrow (Saturday) and will feature a range of planned walks for all ages and abilities, making it an ideal time for visitors and residents to discover all the South West Coast Path has to offer.

The route, which stretches between Exmouth and Lyme Regis, boasts some of East Devon’s most stunning views.

Since the start of 2017 countryside rangers, apart of East Devon District Council’s countryside team, have worked more than 250 hours along the path, maintaining it for the public’s enjoyment and safety.

The majority of the work on this section of coast path is carried out by countryside ranger Dave Palmer.

This year he has installed a new gate and fence at Ladram Bay, replaced signage and kept the path clear of plants and fallen trees.

Dave, who has worked along the path for 27 years, said: “The coast path provides amazing scenery and walks. It is a great asset and attracts many visitors to the area.

“It is a pleasure to be able to work with local land owners and land managers to preserve the South West Coast Path so that it can continue to be enjoyed now and in the future.”

District Councillor Tom Wright, who is responsible for the environment, said: “The countryside team maintain ten nature reserves as well as sections of the South West Coast Path so that local people and visitors can enjoy and benefit from time spent in East Devon’s outstanding environment.

“The coast path is hugely important to the local economy and the countryside team’s work throughout the year ensures it is a safe environment.”

All the walks being held apart of festival are free of charge but are limited and must be booked in advance through the Sidmouth Tourist Centre by calling 01395 51644.

Visit facebook.com/sidmouthwalkingfestival or visitsidmouth.co.uk for more information.

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