“Tails” at the river bank
You can drive over the hill from Sidmouth the views are fabulous mum took this one through the sunroof!
A favourite on a hot day, because a girl loves to paddle! and Isca is a canine olympic swimmer and is essential for fetching my toys for me as they float away!
Otterton Mill is just 3 miles from Sidmouth
You can walk along a well trodden path down to the mouth of the River Otter at Budleigh Salterton or as Isca and I prefer up the River to Colaton Raleigh. The paths follows the river bank, Kingfishers, Ducks and if your really lucky maybe a Beaver or two! Find out more here – River Otter Beavers
We just love splashing about, and shaking over hoomans to cool them down! At the end of the path you can choose, turn left to go through a working farm and visit the Church.
The parish church of St John the Baptist was certainly in existence before 1226. It was substantially rebuilt in 1875 retaining some features of the 13th century interior and the 15th century tower. There have been bees in the tower for more than a century, which parishioners protect, there are also 6 bells which are rung regularly!
Or you can turn right and go over the bridge and head towards Newton Poppleford or for those that are really hardcore you can walk up to the top of the ridge my four leg drive helps me enormously hoomans huff and puff going up the steep track to the top and out onto Mutters Moor at the top of Peak Hill looking down over Sidmouth.
Here’s where we turn around and head back to the Mill. When you are nearly back take a minute to look at the beautiful weir with a fish ladder to help Salmon and Trout get up river to spawn.
There has been a working mill at Otterton since at least Norman times, when King William the Conqueror granted all the local land hereabouts to the abbots of St Michel of Normandy. The earliest written record of the mill is in the Domesday survey in 1068. The ancient mill workings are fully open for public viewing and our millers are always happy to chat to visitors and explain how the mill works. You can even taste the flour as it emerges fresh and warm from the flour chute.
A welcome cuppa awaits at the mill on your return and if your naughty cake treats or a snack too! The little food shop sells bread made in their bakery using their own flour of course and other Devon artisan food too. There’s other unique gifts too glassware and ceramics, handmade jewellery, scarves and candles.
How about a visit to
Bicton Gardens on the way back, they have a little train that takes you around the grounds, It’s also something special for railway enthusiasts, because BWR runs on the only 18-inch (457 mm) gauge leisure line left in Britain. The train operates all year, making regular 25-minute trips, for which there is a small extra charge.
The Botanical Gardens have their roots in the early 18th century, but Bicton itself dates back more than 1300 years set in 63 acres with many rare plants with origins from all parts of the world, including one of the finest collections of trees in Britain.