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Rural Footpaths

'. . . preserving and securing to the Public the use of such paths both in this and adjoining Parishes, as it may appear they have been accustomed, and entitled to enjoy.' Minutes of the Sidmouth Improvement Committee, 1846 (later to be the Sid Vale Association).


For over 160 years a small team of volunteers continue to aspire to the intensions of the 'founding fathers'.

A few hours are spent each month monitoring rural footpaths in the Sid Valley.  This includes paying attention to signposts, fences, stiles, gateposts; and reporting to the relevant authorities any further work that needs to be undertaken. This working 'committee' makes an Annual Survey of all Public Rights of Way in the Sid Valley, 58 miles in all!

This work continues to the benefit of both Members, Residents, and the many Visitors to East Devon. Why not become a warden and help to keep our paths 'easy to use' through our beautiful Devon countryside?

Footpaths are one of the concerns of the SVA. We are fortunate to have the South West Coast Path and the East Devon Way passing through our Parish.

Reparing a FootpathClearing a footpath

Members lead regular walks and wardens patrol some 58 miles of Public Rights of Way in the valley. They act as the eyes and ears of the County Council and the Heritage Coast Service, who have the ultimate responsibility for path maintenance.

For useful map on where to walk, ride or cycle in East Devon, access the Public Rights of Way web-site and view 'My Local Paths'.

LINK: http://gis.devon.gov.uk/basedata/viewer.asp?DCCService=footpath

The SVA is represented on the Parish Paths Partnership, where it is involved with local Councillors, members of the Ramblers Association and the Pony Club.  Maintenance work is carried out by members themselves in the more straight forward tasks of way-marking and clearance.

Much of the countryside surrounding Sidmouth has been designated an AONB. This means that special protection is given to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Sid Valley landscape. The coast also forms part of England's first natural World Heritage site, the Jurassic Coast.

The East Devon AONB is notable for its varied and dramatic scenery, tranquil estuaries, sheer red mudstone cliffs, and wooded hills and combes.

LINK: http://www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk/visiting_map.asp#map

Please contact Alan Darrant, SVA Chairman, if you are interested in being involved in maintaining our footpaths and be part of the Parish Path Partnership.