THE BYES PARK
The Sidmouth Herald has taken us through the Byes more than once.
Here’s a personal pictorial view from their photographer Alex Walton, on the lookout for ‘an elusive kingfisher in the tranquil green space in the heart of Sidmouth’:
First light is usually the ideal time to photograph wildlife as few people are around, birds and insects are just waking up and the golden sunlight after dawn often creates superb lighting conditions. For the past month I have been on the trail of a kingfisher, which I heard had been seen fishing in the River Sid in the The Byes.
Appropriately, the symbol of the Sid Valley Biodiversity Group is the kingfisher:
And here’s a walk they took along the River in spring 2022:
The park is well documented:
And very well looked after:
Here’s a beautiful pictorial history of the Byes:
Visitors also love the Byes, as shown by the number of photos and accounts of walking along the River:
As do local photographers.
Here’s one showing how rough the River can be by Lewis Clarke:
And another showing its calmer side:
The Byes Riverside Park The Byes Riverside Park, between the village of Sidford and The Old Tollhouse, is one of Sidmouth’s most important green spaces.
And here’s a very ‘natural’ shot by Sarah Charlesworth: