Riviera Line – Starcross to Cockwood Circular Walk

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This week we have a medium-length walk at 3.3 miles (5.3 km) in length starting from Starcross station, just south of Exeter near the River Exe and heading through Cockwood. You’ll mostly be walking on roads and footpaths, with one steep path out of the village to worry about. In wet weather some of the paths can be muddy, so please wear appropriate footwear.

Firstly head to Starcross station. Once you’ve parked and are ready to set off, follow the pavement on the right side alongside the railway and river in a southerly direction. Please note that this road is often quite busy so make sure to take care. As you pass the golf course on your right go round the corner and cross over the road before taking the left turn path over a bridge towards Cockwood. Cockwood is a peaceful waterfront village, alongside the River Exe but separated by the South Devon Riviera Line.

Follow this road with the harbour on your left. After some time you will reach the Anchor Inn – a pub that is over 450 years old! Take care as the pub is said to be haunted by a ghost and his dog, so stop for some refreshments at your own peril!

Whether you stopped for a drink or not, just before the Anchor Inn take the right hand fork that takes you away from the harbour. Pass the Cofton Parish Hall and at the Ship Inn turn left and head up Cofton Hill. Stay on this path as it heads round in a semi-circle. Keep going up the hill, leaving the residential area and passing woodland. Keep an eye out for a narrow footpath on your right – take this, crossing over a stile and into a field. Keep going until you come out on a road beside St Mary’s Church.

Turn right at the church and follow the road back to Cockwood, taking some time to explore the village and its harbour if you wish. Once you’ve finished at Cockwood, take the road around the harbour back to the main road and retrace your steps back to Starcross station.

Read more Wednesday Walks HERE.

Chris Green

About the Author: Chris Green manages 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.

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