Cross at the Road Junction in Alphington by Sarah Charlesworth | CC BY-SA 2.0 | Wikimedia Commons

Alphington to Ide, in Devon – a walk of just over 4 miles

Alphington is a former manor and village, and is now a suburb of the City of Exeter in Devon. It is surrounded on two sides by countryside, with the Marsh Barton trading estate to the east and Exeter City to the north. The Alphin Brook passes around the Northern edge of Alphington. Alphington is on the Southwestern side of Exeter.

This pleasant walk will take you through an old part of Alphington, past the lane which leads to site of the Alphington Halt railway station on the Teign Valley Line. It continues following part of Markham Lane – a route used by the Romans many years ago as they marched towards their signal post south of Ide.

Ide boasts two pubs and  has some beautiful and in times gone past the people of Exeter visited the romantic grounds, called Fordlands.

The route you need to take is to go up Shillingford Road to Markham lane, and along Markham lane until you either reach Polehouse lane or continue to T junction with main road. Once you get to this main road make sure you turn right to get you to Ide. It is a really easy walk to find, and you should find it fairly easy.

The longest ford in the UK is situated in the centre of the village. Also, you might want to visit Ide’s Church —St. Ida— which was ‘rebuilt in 1834, apparently at the cost of about £1300. You will find it is a neat cemented structure with a tower and four bells.

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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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