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Chris Spracklen | profile | all galleries >> Sidmouth ~ superb seaside town! tree view | thumbnails | slideshow | map

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Sidmouth ~ superb seaside town!

Sidmouth is one of our favourite places! It's a beautiful, unspoilt regency town overlooking the waters of Lyme Bay and nestling in amongst the dramatic red cliffs towards the eastern end of Devon's coastline. Sidmouth has effectively managed to preserve its old world charm - without the intrusion of modern buildings, which clutter the promenades and seafronts of so many of our traditional seaside towns.

Sidmouth appears in the Doomsday book as, Sedemuda. The town lies in a beautiful valley, protected from the elements by the sandstone cliffs. The town used to have a harbour, where the River Sid now gently passes over the pebbles of the beach into the seawater. During the fifteenth century the town was subject to particularly long spell of violent stormy weather, which caused land slips from the cliffs above blocking the harbour permanently.

I hope you enjoy browsing through these images, which were mainly taken on days off at various times of the day and year.

Thanks for looking. Regards, Chris
Red cliffs, Sidmouth
Red cliffs, Sidmouth
Sun on the water, Sidmouth
Sun on the water, Sidmouth
Surf and cliffs, Sidmouth
Surf and cliffs, Sidmouth
Surf and steps, Sidmouth
Surf and steps, Sidmouth
Surf-watchin', Sidmouth
Surf-watchin', Sidmouth
Towards the town, Sidmouth
Towards the town, Sidmouth
Beachside houses, Sidmouth
Beachside houses, Sidmouth
Seafront and beyond, Sidmouth
Seafront and beyond, Sidmouth
The storm's a comin'!, Sidmouth
The storm's a comin'!, Sidmouth
Light on the houses, Sidmouth
Light on the houses, Sidmouth
The angry sea!, Sidmouth
The angry sea!, Sidmouth
Spray!, Sidmouth
Spray!, Sidmouth
Zig-zag path and hills, Sidmouth (1537)
Zig-zag path and hills, Sidmouth (1537)
Zig zag again, Sidmouth (1586)
Zig zag again, Sidmouth (1586)
Wave watching, Sidmouth
Wave watching, Sidmouth
Looking west from Jacob's Ladder, Sidmouth
Looking west from Jacob's Ladder, Sidmouth
Undercliff and town, Sidmouth (1713)
Undercliff and town, Sidmouth (1713)
Sea-front and town, Sidmouth (1540)
Sea-front and town, Sidmouth (1540)
Cliffs and railings, Sidmouth
Cliffs and railings, Sidmouth
Gull's head, Sidmouth
Gull's head, Sidmouth
Towards Seaton, from Sidmouth
Towards Seaton, from Sidmouth
Railings and sunset, Sidmouth (1562)
Railings and sunset, Sidmouth (1562)
Jacobs' Ladder, Sidmouth (3085)
Jacobs' Ladder, Sidmouth (3085)
Path and fence, Sidmouth
Path and fence, Sidmouth
The zig-zag path, Sidmouth
The zig-zag path, Sidmouth
The undercliff walkway, Sidmouth
The undercliff walkway, Sidmouth
The pebble beach, Sidmouth
The pebble beach, Sidmouth
The beach and railings, Sidmouth
The beach and railings, Sidmouth
The groyne, Sidmouth
The groyne, Sidmouth
E457 ~ towards Seaton
E457 ~ towards Seaton
Sidmouth shoreline (1527)
Sidmouth shoreline (1527)
A lone walker, Sidmouth
A lone walker, Sidmouth
Golden skies, Sidmouth
Golden skies, Sidmouth
Beach front homes, Sidmouth (1576)
Beach front homes, Sidmouth (1576)
 Cliffs and fishing boat, Sidmouth (1551)
Cliffs and fishing boat, Sidmouth (1551)
Gull squawking, Sidmouth
Gull squawking, Sidmouth
Succulent, Sidmouth
Succulent, Sidmouth
Red rock and surf, Sidmouth
Red rock and surf, Sidmouth
We have lift off, Sidmouth
We have lift off, Sidmouth
George Sea-gull! Sidmouth
George Sea-gull! Sidmouth
Connaught Gardens and cliffs, Sidmouth (1942)
Connaught Gardens and cliffs, Sidmouth (1942)
Walking the dogs, Sidmouth
Walking the dogs, Sidmouth
Beyond Jacob's Ladder, Sidmouth (2281)
Beyond Jacob's Ladder, Sidmouth (2281)
Jacob's ladder, Sidmouth
Jacob's ladder, Sidmouth
Railings and cliffs, Sidmouth
Railings and cliffs, Sidmouth
Red cliffs, Sidmouth
Red cliffs, Sidmouth
Hard rock cafe! Sidmouth
Hard rock cafe! Sidmouth
Rocks and town, Sidmouth
Rocks and town, Sidmouth
Straight down Jacob's Ladder, Sidmouth
Straight down Jacob's Ladder, Sidmouth
Goin' up Jacob's ladder, Sidmouth (1993)
Goin' up Jacob's ladder, Sidmouth (1993)
E460, Sidmouth, Devon (3454)
E460, Sidmouth, Devon (3454)
West beach, Sidmouth
West beach, Sidmouth
Red rocks, Sidmouth
Red rocks, Sidmouth
Cliff-top homes, Sidmouth
Cliff-top homes, Sidmouth