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Walking in Devon’s heartland

Our part of Devon and this side of Exmoor is perfect for walkers of all abilities. There is plenty to see and do and miles of easily accessible footpaths.

Two Moors Way

Not far from us is the 117-mile Two Moors Way, which traverses the whole county, coast-to-coast, from Plymouth to Lynmouth. This is a route for more seasoned walkers.

The approximately eight-mile section closest to us runs from Knowstone to Hawkridge and includes Peter Randall Page’s sculpture at Badlake Moor Cross, which has a twin on the route, 30 miles away near Drewsteignton. The path becomes more taxing as Exmoor’s southern slopes are reached, but there are stunning views south stretching out towards Dartmoor to help boost weary legs.

Two Moors Way organisation says the entire route is waymarked in each direction in most places, but it does cross remote, open moorland where the weather can change quickly. It advises walkers should carry maps, know how to read them and to take a compass too.

Use the Ordnance Survey Landranger maps 1:50,000 180, 181, 191, 202. For further details, please visit www.twomoorsway.org.

South West Coast Path

We’re also close to the Devon bit of the South West Coast Path, which has wonderful, breath-taking views. There are lots of walks from easy to hard here too, perfect for all abilities.

It runs for 630 miles from Minehead on the edge of Exmoor to Poole Harbour and offers the ultimate challenge for the long-distance walker. We’re not far from the North Devon and Exmoor coastline section, which is not dominated by harder sections and includes various segments accessible to families.

The Coast Path passes through a number of National Nature Reserves and Heritage Coasts, five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, two World Heritage Sites, a UNESCO designated Biosphere reserve and a Geopark, as well as our Exmoor National Park.

It’s often described as one of the world’s greatest walks and has been listed as the UK’s best walking route by Walk and Coast magazines. To find out where you can join a section to suit your ability, visit the website: www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk.

Exe Valley Way walking route

Bampton is also on the Exe Valley Way walking route and on the West Country Way cycle route.

The Exe Valley Way is a long-distance route for those wishing to explore this super river valley on foot. The trail stretches from the South West Coast Path on the Exe Estuary to the village of Exford in Exmoor National Park. A further 7.5miles/12km links Exford to Exe Head, the source of the River Exe, high up on the open moorland. Most of the route follows alongside the River Exe.

The Exe Valley Way can be divided up into a series of 10 stages, most of which can be walked comfortably by most walkers in half a day. The route is waymarked in both northbound and southbound directions.

The pathway includes a mix of canal towpath, quiet country lanes, fields, woodlands and open moorland, but does include some strenuous climbs.

Use the Explorer No 114 – Exeter & the Exe Valley and Explorer OL9 – Exmoor maps to help guide you. For more information visit: http://www.devon.gov.uk/exe-valley-way.pdf

Bampton Town Trail and Guide

Bampton boasts easy walking around the town, including a ‘Town Trail’, and in the summer, it has floral displays for visitors to see too. You can download a map of the trail and a PDF guide of the town here: http://bit.ly/2vmBUXi

 


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