Category Archives: Local Devon walks

A walk at Fingle Bridge

Fingle Bridge woods makes a lovely walk with a great pub for lunch or a snack. It’s about 19 miles from the eco lodges and combines well with Castle Drogo. In fact, the National Trust’s Castle Drogo land goes all the way to Fingle Bridge, and meets up with Woodland Trust land. It’s now under

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Meldon Reservoir to Black A Tor Copse National Nature Reserve and Black Tor

Black a Tor Copse and Black Tor make a lovely Dartmoor walk from Meldon Reservoir. We last did it in late March on a sunny day – gorgeous! Walk description Start at the Meldon Reservoir carpark (has loos) and walk over the reservoir dam, enjoying the spectacular views. Turn right and head along the side

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Yarde Orchard Cafe, 15-miles from the eco lodges and on the Tarka Trail

NOTE: CLOSED UNTIL EASTER 2017 We didn’t ask, but I imagine that’s either bread or pizza dough Simeon is making. He’s one of the owners of Yarde Orchard Cafe, the fairly hippy tea cake and lunch stop on the Tarka Trail between Petrockstowe and Watergate. Our favourite route is to start at Puffing Billy, just

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Climb the hill to Torrington for tea and cakes

Climb the hill to Torrington and reward yourself with a coffee or a cake… This is a pretty gentle stroll, though with a hill to climb. But you get to reward yourself, maybe with a coffeee at the Plough Arts Centre or a sticky bun from the hugely popular bakery in Great Torrington. But before you

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Picnic by the River Taw at Bondleigh

Here’s a lovely spot for a river-side picnic 6 miles from the cottage and lodges, at Bondleigh. This little woodland is owned by the Woodland Trust, and as such has public access. That means you can wander off the path – indeed right down to the Taw – without worry. It’s a pretty small wood,

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Hole Wood to Redland circular dog walk

This circular Devon dog walk is fairly easy terrain, with wide paths and no styles. But it does have a couple of gates – and a couple of hills in it too, so you’ll get a bit of exercise! You’ll start about 2 miles from the cottage and lodges. You can borrow a bike, or

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Wembworthy Down, a circular (but hilly) Devon walk

This Devon walk, good for dogs, adults and kids, starts at Speke Cross in Wembworthy, just a couple of miles from Wheatland Farm. To get there: Right out of the drive, right at the first cross roads (Tinker’s post), bear right at Lane End – a Thatched farmhouse. Carry on over and down the hill,

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Bluebells in Timbridge Wood

This is a great walk when the bluebells are out in late May, but lovely at other times of the year too. Getting there This Devon walk starts about a mile from the cottage and lodges. You can borrow a bike, walk or drive – just take care not to park blocking the gates where

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Peppercombe – a Devon beach you have to walk to

Here’s a beach trip for a day when the walk is part of the fun. This one won’t offer you miles of sand, and there are no ice cream stalls, but then there aren’t many people either (and you can always get refreshments at the pub on the way back). Start your walk at Horn’s

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Walking near Meldon Reservoir, North Dartmoor

You can get a good taste of Dartmoor around Meldon Reservoir, yet choose how adventurous you want to be. Walk around the reservoir, head for the High Willhayes (the highest point in southern England), walk down to the viaduct or explore the geology of the valley. The area around Meldon is a SSSI. There’s a

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