Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

This short, level walk on mostly very good surfaces explores the National Trust land on Salcombe Hill providing extensive views of Sidmouth and the Jurassic Coast. There's plenty of seats along the route. There is a section with a gradient of 1:15 rising to 1:11 for about 40 metres. Motorised wheelchairs should have no problems. There's an option to follow the South West Coast Path for a short distance to take in even more glorious views. On a clear day you can see. forever... well, the Isle of Portland, at least! Further details on this walk can also be found at www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/447/

Surveyed by: Allan Ginman, July 2012 (Summer)
Accessibility Rating: 2More Information
Distance: 1.3 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: National Trust Car Park - fee payable for non members. If crowded, please park carefully and considerately on the road.
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

Full Profile

The Car Park at Salcombe Hill is not always this empty!

CarPark The Car Park at Salcombe Hill is not always this empty!

 

CarPark

 

Information

Take this path. It's on the left as you face the road!

Information Take this path. It's on the left as you face the road!

 

Information

The picnic tables by the car park are a good place to eat your food on a sunny day.

Seat The picnic tables by the car park are a good place to eat your food on a sunny day.

 

Direction

A wide, flat, tarmac surface.

Path A wide, flat, tarmac surface.

 

Path

Take the right hand path- the left is a private road.

Path Take the right hand path- the left is a private road.

There's plenty of room to get through the 4 foot gate.

Gate There's plenty of room to get through the 4 foot gate.

 

Path

The rolled stone surface is, at least, 4-5 foot wide.

Path The rolled stone surface is, at least, 4-5 foot wide.

 

Path

 

Path

That's Sidmouth and the Jurassic Coast  over there!

View That's Sidmouth and the Jurassic Coast over there!

 

Seat

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

Take the left hand path. You'll be returning up the right hand path.

Direction Take the left hand path. You'll be returning up the right hand path.

 

Seat

 

Path

A seat placed so that you can enjoy the views.

View A seat placed so that you can enjoy the views.

 

Path

 

Path

After severe rain, there was a puddle beneath the shelter of the trees.

Path After severe rain, there was a puddle beneath the shelter of the trees.

 

Seat

A choice of directions. We turned left at this point. Don't worry, we'll be back if you want to wait here!

Direction A choice of directions. We turned left at this point. Don't worry, we'll be back if you want to wait here!

This 2 foot gate is latched and opens one way and leads onto the South West Coast Path. It's got quite a strong spring!

Gate This 2 foot gate is latched and opens one way and leads onto the South West Coast Path. It's got quite a strong spring!

The path is flat but unsurfaced. It is slightly uneven and can be muddy in places depending upon recent weather.

Path The path is flat but unsurfaced. It is slightly uneven and can be muddy in places depending upon recent weather.

 

Path

That's an electric fence on your left. We didn't try to prove it was electrified.

Path That's an electric fence on your left. We didn't try to prove it was electrified.

Halfway along we stopped to enjoy this view along to Branscombe. You can see all the way along to Portland on a clear day.

View Halfway along we stopped to enjoy this view along to Branscombe. You can see all the way along to Portland on a clear day.

The path is mostly at least 2 metres wide but can go down to 1 metre in a few places.

Path The path is mostly at least 2 metres wide but can go down to 1 metre in a few places.

 

Path

We stopped at this 2 foot gate.

Gate We stopped at this 2 foot gate.

If we'd gone on through the gate for another 20 metres....

View If we'd gone on through the gate for another 20 metres....

.... we'd have reached a seat with an absolutely glorious view across the Salcombe valley. If you can go the extra distance it's worth it!

Seat .... we'd have reached a seat with an absolutely glorious view across the Salcombe valley. If you can go the extra distance it's worth it!

Right, we're back where we left you at the choice of directions. We're heading straight ahead on the path. There is a couple of gradients up ahead. Nothing too strenuous. If you don't fancy that, then turn round and head back the way you came back to the car park. You'll be missing a couple of terrific views.... and the toposcope.

Path Right, we're back where we left you at the choice of directions. We're heading straight ahead on the path. There is a couple of gradients up ahead. Nothing too strenuous. If you don't fancy that, then turn round and head back the way you came back to the car park. You'll be missing a couple of terrific views.... and the toposcope.

We're heading parallel to the cliff top.

Path We're heading parallel to the cliff top.

A toposcope. This allows you to see how far you are from various places within your view.

Information A toposcope. This allows you to see how far you are from various places within your view.

Another wooden seat overlooking Sidmouth.

Seat Another wooden seat overlooking Sidmouth.

For the first time, a gradient! This goes downhill for about 40 metres at about 1:11.

Gradient For the first time, a gradient! This goes downhill for about 40 metres at about 1:11.

 

Seat

The South West Coast Path heads left at this point downhill to Sidmouth.

Direction The South West Coast Path heads left at this point downhill to Sidmouth.

We keep going straight ahead along this path. The path goes up a gradient of 1:15 for another 40 metres.

Gradient We keep going straight ahead along this path. The path goes up a gradient of 1:15 for another 40 metres.

 

Path

The gradient continues uphill for another 100 metres at 1:15

Gradient The gradient continues uphill for another 100 metres at 1:15

 

Gradient

 

Seat

Remember that turning to the right we ignored? Well, we're on it! Turn left to get back on our original path.

Direction Remember that turning to the right we ignored? Well, we're on it! Turn left to get back on our original path.

The path leads back to the car park.

Path The path leads back to the car park.

Salcombe Hill Phototrail

 

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