A family picnic walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs

Sidmouth, Devon

Follow part of the South West Coast Path National Trail to discover the World Heritage Jurassic Coast in east Devon – and meet over 400 donkeys.

Outstanding in both its beauty and geological significance the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site perfectly showcases the Earth’s history going back over 250 million years.

It is England’s first Natural World Heritage Site. Take a picnic and start from the Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth, then follow the woodland path through the valley to a shingle beach on the Jurassic Coast, sheltered by gold and yellow cliffs, a great spot to stop and enjoy your picnic and hunt for fossils.

Heading inland again through fields and a quiet country lane, you may catch a glimpse of rare orchids and butterflies, as the trail passes through an area of wildlife conservation. The clifftops here resemble a grassy lunar landscape, where the vegetation has filled in the hollows left in the rock by quarrying. Finish this 2.7 mile (4.3km) walk at the Donkey Sanctuary, where children will love meeting the friendly donkeys that live here.

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