8. *Devon Coast: Sidmouth to Ladram Bay (Circular) – 6.5 miles - OS Explorer 115

A few steep climbs but relatively easy going. Links to walk 9 if you want to make a full day of it.

For ease of parking start this walk at Mutter’s Moor NT car park above Sidmouth's west side. If you decide to add a trip into Sidmouth itself this can easily be added to the walk at the end by continuing along the coast path another mile, then climbing Peak Hill back to Mutter's Moor car park, making the walk 8.5 miles.


From the car park walk west down the lane a hundred yards or so to where it turns sharp left. There take the path on your right signposted Seven Stone.

Follow this to the top. Passing through a gate the path divides. Go left and left again when it joins a track. You’re now on Mutter’s Moor, named after the smuggler Abraham Mutter.


This is so-called low heathland and the remains of human settlements going back 5000 years have been found here.

Go left when the track divides again, right at the next divide (lots of paths crisscross the moor) and right again. Now keep an eye to your left for a signpost marked Coleton and, less clearly, Pasaford Lane. Follow that.


Here the scenery changes from heathland to lush grass and tall pines with lovely views over to Newton Poppleford. When the path joins another, go left, and where it divides follow the yellow way-marker right.


A little further along there’s another way-marker. Turn right to follow it down to a stile and over. This is Pasaford Lane. Really it's a track that turns to a magical high-banked holloway as you descend.


Eventually you reach a proper lane. Go left here and follow it to pretty Burnthouse Farm.


Opposite the farm there’s a footpath sign to Colaton Raleigh. That’s for you.