Ten walkers went on a 15 minute bus ride to Sidbury and then did a leisurely 3¾ mile walk along the Sid Valley back to Sidmouth. The weather was better than expected with bright skies and only two short showers
The walk started by the church in Sidbury and went left down Bridge Street, to cross the River Sid for the first of four times.
Immediately after the bridge we turned right into a quiet lane called Deepway, for the only ascent on the walk. We continued on two more country lanes with views of Buckley Plantation and Buckton Hill on the left and Peak Hill on the right. The route descended into Sidford crossing the River Sid on the original packhorse bridge, which is now a footbridge with the road bridge alongside.
After passing the church we turned left for a flat walk along the floor of the Sid Valley in The Byes Riverside Park, a surfaced path of 2 km. After passing a weir, the route crossed the river on a footbridge to the end of the park by the Toll House (early 19th century)
We returned to the Esplanade, by crossing the river on the footbridge by the ford, which was closed to traffic as the river was fast flowing
Bridge Street, Sidbury, is lined by rows of attractive, mostly 18th century, cob cottages
Deepway Lane, walking uphill
Crossing River Sid at Sidford
Resting for a group photo on entering The Byes at Sidford
View of River Sid on the left from the footpath