Walter's Winter Trail

The Donkey Sanctuary, Slade House Farm, Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU

Tel: 01395 578222

Help Walter keep warm this winter


Do you know what special treatment Walter, one of the sanctuary's adoption heroes, and the rest of their donkeys need during winter to keep them happy and healthy?

Help the donkeys get winter ready by making sure they have had all their health checks and are warm and comfortable now the temperature is starting to drop. Follow the trail around the sanctuary and record the items you find, on Walter's Winter Checklist, before claiming your prize and certificate. Just £3 per trail.

So wrap-up warm this winter and get the family outdoors for a meet and greet with some of the hundreds of friendly donkeys who are cared for in Sidmouth, including the gentle giant Poitou donkeys, the lovable adoption donkeys and ever-so cute miniature donkeys.

The sanctuary regularly update its programme of things to do and see, so make the most of your visit with one of the fascinating tours, talks and demonstrations delivered by knowledgeable staff - just head to the main entrance on arrival for all the details.

Or escape the elements in their exciting new indoor attractions, where you'll discover just why donkeys are so special through fun, interactive displays in the new Exhibition Barn, Understanding Donkeys Zone and Dr Svendsen's Hut.

Get cosy in The Kitchen restaurant with freshly-prepared, wholesome dishes using local, ethically sourced produce, alongside stunning views over the donkeys' paddocks and Jurassic Coast. Hearty breakfasts, luscious lunches and tempting treats are served daily from 9am to 4pm, as well as super Sunday roasts each week from 12pm to 2pm – but don't forget to book! And before heading home, a visit to the brand new Gift Shop is a must for all those unique donkey-design items to suit every pocket.

Entry and parking at the sanctuary is FREE. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Further information
01395 578222 |

All proceeds help fund the work of The Donkey Sanctuary Worldwide.



Road Directions

Satnav users can enter the postcode EX10 0NU

The sanctuary is situated just 13 miles from Junction 30 of the M5 on the A3052 between Sidford and Seaton. On leaving Sidford follow the brown tourist sign at the top of the hill. The A35 and the A30 also serve East Devon and the Jurassic Coast.

The sanctuary's car park includes a coach park lane with parking for 3 coaches, with drop off outside the main walkway to the entrance (both ramp and stairs). Group visits need to be booked in advance.

There are also 14 disabled parking spaces to allow accessibility to the sanctuary for wheelchair users.

There are two free electric car charging points, which you can use by requesting a free one hour token from the Visitor Centre.

Public Transport Directions

Travel, 9A (Exeter – Lyme Regis), 52 Exeter to Seaton.

The sanctuary is bike friendly and sits on Route 2 of the National Cycle Network. The route between Sidmouth and Lyme Regis passes Trow Farm on Dunscombe Lane. Continue on Dunscombe Lane, crossing over the roundabout, until you reach the sanctuary's main visitor entrance. There is a bike rack (uncovered) at the main entrance.

The sanctuary is located along the South West Coast Path between Sidmouth and Branscombe. At Weston Mouth, follow the steps north towards the sanctuary where you will see the National Trust's interpretation of the Weston Potato Plats. The footpath will take you past the Field of Dreams and the Nature Centre, towards the heart of the sanctuary.

Opening Times

Walter's Winter Trail (24 Nov 2018 - 15 Feb 2019)
Monday - Sunday09:00 - 16:00

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