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Regency Sidmouth & the Jurassic Coast

Regency Sidmouth & the Jurassic Coast

Enjoy a river cruise with cream tea, visit to botanical gardens and tram journey on this relaxing tour to South Devon


Enjoy a river cruise with cream tea, visit to botanical gardens and tram journey on this relaxing tour to South Devon

Budleigh Salterton

Budleigh Salterton is a beautiful seaside town on the Southern Devon coastline, situated on the Jurassic coast with a 2 mile long pebble beach and remains one of Devon’s most unspoilt and charming towns, containing many interesting shops together with museum and friendly cafes.


Situated at the mouth of the beautiful Exe estuary and at the very beginning of the Jurassic Coast, Exmouth is one of the most picturesque holiday resorts on the south coast. Surrounded by the beautiful Devon countryside. Boasting one of the warmest climates in the UK, with a glorious sandy beach that is host to a variety of watersports, Exmouth has something to offer everyone. As well as being a very popular UK tourist destination, Exmouth is popular with ramblers as there are many beautiful walks. Also, it has SSSI status (Site of Special Scientific Interest), where rare birds attract keen bird-watchers.


Lying on the Jurassic Coast, this beautiful coastal town has a regency feel which is ideal for visitors of all ages. Sat in the middle of spectacular countryside Sidmouth is home to beautiful beaches, stylish eating places and great shopping, with everything from unusual gifts, designer clothing and lifestyle goods available. The stunning coastline of the Jurassic Coast is dominated by the vivid red sandstone cliffs which date back to the Triassic period. Along the front is the Millennium Walkway which stretches the length of the pebble beach, providing the perfect background for an afternoon stroll.

Bicton Botanical Gardens

Spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, these magnificent grade 1 listed gardens are set in the picturesque Otter Valley, between the ancient city of Exeter and England's Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The superbly landscaped park combines 18th century tranquillity with modern amenities to provide all year round enjoyment for everyone of all ages including historic glasshouses, a countryside museum, the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf, restaurant and shop.

West Bay

Once known as Bridport Harbour, West Bay lies at the mouth of the River Brit. The seafront has two piers and is lined with old cottages, characterful kiosks and an early 19th-century customs house. Until the mid-19th century, the main trade was exporting Bridport’s ropes and nets. At West Bay, crumbling golden cliffs of sand reveal falling sea levels from some 175 million years ago. Here the mighty Chesil Beach – 18 miles long, born from landslides that eroded after the last ice age around 20,000 years ago – finds its western end. In summer the shingle hosts the sound of laughter and the smell of BBQs. When winter storms blow in to thunder along these shores the cliffs and beaches shift and change. Rocks fall, reminding us that this natural place hides dangers as well as pleasures.

Seaton Tramway

With a 3 mile route of unspoilt countryside along the beautiful Axe Valley, Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon's glorious Axe Valley, travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves and giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life.

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we travel south via the motorway system to Exeter and then on to the charming south Devon resort of Sidmouth for a warm welcome at the Royal York & Faulkner hotel.


Day 2

Today our first visit is a step back in time to Budleigh Salterton which retains its traditional high street. We continue on to Exmouth, Devon’s oldest resort where we have time at leisure for lunch before enjoying an afternoon cruise on the River Exe complete with cream tea. Dinner on our return to Sidmouth.

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Day 3

Spend the day at leisure in Sidmouth, a town still caught in a timeless charm, it captivated the Poet Laureate, John Betjeman, and it will captivate you too. Beautiful gardens and leisurely walks, Regency history, clean beaches and friendly shops, all set beneath majestic red cliffs and the green hills of the glorious Sid Valley.

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Day 4

After breakfast we drive to Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, set in Devon’s Otter Valley, these grade I listed gardens are a product of almost 300 years of horticultural history. In the afternoon we visit the cathedral city of Exeter before returning to Sidmouth.

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Day 5

Today we head to West Bay on Dorset’s dramatic Jurassic coastline, Englands only Natural World Heritage Site. We return via Lyme Regis and Seaton, home of th historic Tramway. We enjoy some free time before joining the tram for the 3 mile journey through the unspoilt scenery of the Axe Valley. Final dinner in the hotel.

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Day 6

Sadly today we must leave our hosts at the Royal York & Faulkner hotel and make our way home to Cumbria, arriving back early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Royal York & Faulkener Hotel

The Royal York and Faulkner Hotel is a magnificent Regency Hotel with an unrivalled position on Sidmouth’s elegant Esplanade. Guests can enjoy glorious sea-views from balconies offering uninterrupted views of Sidmouth beach, Lyme Bay and the red rock Jurassic cliffs of East Devon’s coastline. Just a stone’s throw from the beach and the picturesque town centre, this seafront hotel is the perfect choice for a relaxing break in the unspoilt seaside resort of Sidmouth. Visit the unique little shops in the town or take a stroll along the Esplanade. If you are feeling energetic, take a walk to the top of Salcombe or Peak Hills to get a fantastic view of the bay and the town.


The guest bedrooms feature all the essential amenities, including en-suite bathroom or shower, central or convection heating, flat screen TV, radio, telephone, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi and tea and coffee-making facilities.



Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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