The Byes


The Byes is one of the jewels of Sidmouth running for approximately 2 km from the heart of the town north to Sidford.  It is a mixture of parkland, wild flower meadows, open fields and farmland with a combination of footpaths and cycle tracks (sometimes shared) winding their way along the valley of the River Sid.  Different parts of The Byes are owned and managed by different groups and organisations, including the Sid Vale Association, the National Trust and East Devon District Council.

There are four principal areas: the Lawn, the meadows, pastures and the playing fields.  The Lawn is an area of managed town park with open areas for families to stroll, picnic and play games.  The meadows are more of a country park with paths meandering through wild flower meadows, copses and managed grassland.  There are some agricultural pastures grazed by cattle and sheep which are fenced off from the footpaths.  The most northerly section near Sidford is given over to sports fields.

There are a series of interpretive boards like the one below set at various points.  A pdf version of the Toll House board can be downloaded. by clicking here.

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