The Exe Valley Way – Stage 6 from Tiverton to Bampton
This stage of the walk is alongside the Exe through a lovely section of its valley, with thick wooded areas on either side you may wish to explore further. After this you will cross Halfpenny Bridge into the valley of the River Batherm, on which you will find the lovely little village of Bampton.
Starting off from the Town Hall, walk down Angel Hill and cross the Exe. At the first junction go straight ahead into St. Paul Street. Turn right at the Church and continue ahead to the junction with Kennedy Way. Bear left (signposted to Witheridge). Turn right at the junction signposted to Washfield.
Turn right into higher Loughborough just past the junction with Longdrag Hill and follow along to the bottom. At the bridge continue ahead through the gate and into the field. Cross the stile, turn right alongside the fence, and then head for the stile to the left of the house. Go over the stile and turn left up the lane, then right at the next road.
Continue for about 3/4 of a mile and keep to the right at Cotleigh, which is signposted to Lower Washfield and Cove. Stay on this road for just under 1.8 miles before turning right at the junction at Hatherland Mill (which is signposted to Cove).
At the next junction turn left (signposted to Stoodleigh); after 650 yards keep to the right down a narrow lane, signposted to Cove. At the next junction bear right, again signposted to Cove.
Arriving at Cove Bridge, turn sharp back left uphill on yourself (signposted to Stoodleigh). At the top go right; keep going and after descending steeply back into the valley, cross the Exe via Halfpenny Bridge; at the main road take the opposite lane going uphill.
Stay on this lane, which after 1 mile leads into Bampton. This is a pretty little village with a couple of pubs, a couple of shops, including a café and even a small car park. Why not stop for some refreshments at this point?
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