The Exe Valley Way – Stage 7 from Bampton to Brushford
This is a 4 mile route taking in both the River Batherm and the River Exe. Along the route the land rises high, allowing you to see some superb views of Exmoor. For those of you with an interest in history, within Brushford you will find a medieval church to explore.
- From the war memorial by the main car park near the church, take the road going uphill (signposted Dulverton for light cars and Exebridge). Turn right up the path at Grey Gables, bearing left to a metal gate at the top. Follow the hedge to a stile, then head downhill left, bearing left to a stile in the left corner of the field.
- Cross the three stiles, and keep going uphill. Cross another stile at the top and bear slightly away from the hedge, aiming for the gap at the top of the field. Cross the next field diagonally to the top left-hand corner, go through the gateway, turn left then right, along the field edge, with the hedge on your left. At the end go through the gate and follow the hedge on your right downhill to a gate into a farmyard.
- Pass through the farmyard. Bear left at the farmhouse, then head along the grass track to a farm gate into a field. Go through, follow the hedge on the left and descend to a lane.
- Turn left along the lane. At the bottom near the unusually-shaped toll house, cross the main road carefully and take the road opposite (signposted to Dulverton, Brushford).
- Go ahead into Exebridge, cross over the Exe and continue to the road junction, 250m (275 yards) past the bridge. Turn left at the junction (signposted Oldways End) and continue along the lane to the cottage at the bottom of the hill.
- Take the track next to the cottage and follow across the field, passing close to an old barn. Continue on the track for 400m (440 yards) until arriving at a gate on the left. Go through, turn right and go through the yard and on to a farm lane. Where this swings right, leave on the left through a metal kissing gate and cross the old railway to the lane.
- At this point you can find lots to do. Brushford church is on the left, or alternatively the village centre is on the right. If you’re ready to keep going, head through the village centre and carry on the route ahead to Dulverton and Hawkridge.
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