Wednesday Walks – Blackdown Hills in East Devon
This is a pleasant family walk on the Blackdown Hills on the east side of Devon. You’ll find beautiful countryside including a ford, fields and various bridges to cross.
The route starts at The Wyndham Arms in Kentisbeare, near Cullompton. Facing the pub, head right (past the church) until you reach some thatched cottages beside a lane. Head up the lane and continue through the woods. Eventually the path will take you on a footbridge over the river, after which you need to head left, crossing a stile in front of you to leave the wood and enter a more open area. Ignore the first stile on the right and instead turn left onto a path next to a fence.
This path will take you past some ponds and over a footbridge. After crossing continue on to pass more ponds and on towards a car park. Before you reach the car park turn right on the lane, continue for 200m and turn right at the crossing towards Wressing.
Along this route there’s a ford to cross. When you reach Wressing take the right-hand fork, heading past a paddock and uphill until you reach a track. Head down the track for half a mile, eventually reaching a lane on which you should turn left. Keep on this lane as you pass Pirzewell Ponds and you will reach the house of Little Pirzewell, where you’ll need to cross a stile on the right into a field.
Head across the field and through a stile, then head to the right through a couple more fields until you reach a gate onto a lane. Turn right onto the lane, travelling for a short distance before bearing right at a T-junction at Stowford Water. Keep heading forwards towards Orway, passing The White House and a Baptist church along the way. After a while another lane will join you from the left – just after this you’ll see a track on the right which will take you downhill into a wooded area.
Keep on the track through the woods, turning right when you are able to. This will lead you to another footpath on your left that you need to take (you’ll actually be heading back on yourself). Cross over the footbridge and stile and across the field. Cross over the next field and you’ll reach a narrow footpath which takes you beside a cottage. Turn right at the junction and follow the lane back into your starting point at Kentisbeare.
About the Author: Chris Green works in the office at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs, using his technical expertise to assist wherever needed. In his spare time he likes playing guitar and bass, and hiking around Dartmoor.