Take a trip up Fire Beacon Hill

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:53 30 December 2016


Taking a walk in the festive season is something of a tradition for some. If you are one of those, here is a possible route.

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Starts/ends – Woodland Trust Core Hill car park; time – 1 – 1.5 hours; distance - approximately 2.5 km; difficulty – some steep inclines and stiles.

Muddy in places so walking boots required.

Take a stroll around Fire Beacon Hill for spectacular bird’s eye views of the East Devon countryside and the Jurassic Coast.

The circular walk takes you through a mixture of woodland and heathland, but there is an extensive path network to explore.

Turn off the A3052 opposite Waitrose just outside Sidmouth and follow the lane uphill to the Woodland Trust Core Hill car park.

Continue on foot up the track to the top, continue along a flat section until you reach a triangle junction.

Here turn sharply left back on yourself.

Continue down the avenue of trees, passing through a metal gate and out on to the heathland.

Take the right hand fork down the boundary between heathland and woodland until you reach a bench with spectacular views overlooking Sidmouth.

Keep to the right hand path as you descend further downhill and back into the woodland and past an interpretation board with more information about the nature reserve.

Follow the public footpath marked by a yellow arrow round to the left, passing many picturesque picnic spots.

Continue on the route round the bottom edge of Firebeacon Hill, turning left at the final triangle junction, over a small wooden bridge and stile.

Cross over the field and turn immediately left back into the car park to complete the circular route.

Walk details provided by East Devon District Council Countryside service.

For more information, visit their website at wildeastdevon.co.uk

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