Sidmouth any off the beat places worth visiting?
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Nearby Beer is a lovely village,great 'foody' pubs too. If you happen to be into model trains, check out Pecorama in Beer. be sure to have a cream tea at Fields department store in Sidmouth- like stepping into another era!Edited: 6:41 pm, July 06, 2012
Some narrow roads to get there (like lots in the area!) Branscombe nearby is well worth a visit. The old bakery does excellent light meals, cream teas. Escot gardens a few miles north near Honiton is also well worth a visit, get there by 11 to see the otters being fed, and a falconry display a little while later.
Not 'off the beaten track' but Seaton Tramway is also worth a visit with excellent views across the Axe estuary.
Thanks for all the suggestions, they were very helpful.
Loads Dicky. If you can be a little more specific in terms of what it is you're after (other than 'off the beat'), I'd be happy to make some suggestions beyond the excellent ones already mentioned.
Gardens stately homes,quirky shops etc
Sidmouth and Honiton will offer lots of quirky shops (Honiton if you like antiques - 10 minutes north of Sidmouth), Burrowwood Gardens (15 mins north of Sidmouth) are great, as is Connaught Gardens in Sidmouth itself (public gardens, with great sea views, band stand and the unbeatable http://www.clocktowercafesidmouth.co.uk/)
Bicton Park offers nice gardens too, and Darts Farm is a farm shop with a difference. Going East, Lyme Regis is always a great place to spend some time, and if it is Trowbridge you are driving from, I would suggest you stop off (on way down or back) at Knightshayes Court (NT), just off J. 27 on the M5.
Otterton Mill http://www.ottertonmill.com/ is a mixture of flour mill, bakery, cafe, art gallery, music venue and more. It is beautifully situated on the edge of the pretty village of Otterton, beside the river otter and a lovely & very popular riverside walk to Budleigh Salterton.
Wolford Chapel a few miles outside Honiton is the resting place of the 1st Lieutenant-Governor of Canada, John Graves Simcoe. http://www.wolfordchapel.co.uk/