Sidbury walkers first to take on East Devon Way

East Devon AONB chairman John Wilding

East Devon AONB chairman John Wilding - Credit: Archant

Three Sidbury residents were the first walkers in the district to complete a stunning new footpath.

After reading about it in the Herald, Peter Lyons and Jean and Guy Sutton took on the 40-mile East Devon Way, a route to mark 50 years of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

They received recognition of their achievement from AONB chairman John Wilding MBE at the Honiton Show yesterday.

“We really have enjoyed walking the East Devon Way,” said Guy.

“By walking in sections we have seen the countryside in a variety of weather conditions, which have enhanced the whole experience.”

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The route took him and his comrades from Exmouth to Lyme Regis, on an inland alternative to the South West Coast Path through the heart of the AONB.

“We think the East Devon AONB is an inspirational place to live and work,” said John, who is also the head of forestry and environment for Clinton Devon Estates.

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“We are pleased to see so many people and businesses getting involved in our 50th anniversary celebrations from attending events to becoming ambassadors to entering our competitions.”

He added: “Congratulations go to local residents Peter Lyons and Jean and Guy Sutton for being the first to take up the East Devon Way challenge this year.”

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