The Byes Riverside Park Sidmouth

The Byes Riverside Park starts in Sidford and takes you on a lovely picturesque stroll or cycle meandering alongside the river Sid in many parts. It is around 1.5 miles or 2.4 Km in length with plenty to enjoy and benches at many locations so you can sit down and enjoy the area or sink into a book perhaps. The walk is also very easy going. Do expect to be sharing the paths with cyclists and well controlled dogs.

The entrance to the Byes from the Sidford end starts from Byes Close EX10 9PY (Grid ref: SY 13441 89734).

The Sidmouth end is at the Toll House, Salcombe Road EX10 8PR (Grid Ref SY 12805 87813)

There is a car park behind the Spar shop in Sidford High Street EX10 9RL. It is open from 8am to 10pm, latest information can be found on the authorities website here.

Apart from the walk along the Byes there are other areas to explore. There is Margaret’s Meadow, a rough meadow area of more than 8 acres and borders the river Sid. There is an area within Margaret’s Meadow called Golden Copse, it is a fenced off area with selected trees and benches designated dog free. The area is managed by the Sid Vale Association, more information can be found on the Sid Vale Association website.

Golden Copse Margaret’s Field

Further on from Margaret’s Meadow is Gilchrist Field, owned and managed by the Sid Vale Association. At a little over 7.5 acres it is maintained to encourage wildlife.

Gilchrist Field

Further down one can walk alongside the river Sid with plenty of resting places, trees and open spaces. There is even a wildflower meadow and once you get to the Toll House at the end there is only a short walk to the seafront and the town centre, abundant in places to eat and drink.

Steps to the wildflower meadow

This is a walk within a town so I feel it does not need a GPX file, just park up in Sidmouth and use the postcode or grid reference or just ask someone. Sidmouth is a lovely town that has so much to offer and is very easy to get around.