A Walk around Chulmleigh – about 5 miles
This is a pleasant walk which will take you through woods, meadows, riverside and open uplands. There are panoramic views across the Taw valley and Dartmoor in the distance.
Park up in the village of Chulmleigh, there are a couple of car parks to choose from. Then take the road from Fore street past the parish pump and straight on past Davy park. Make sure you take the first turn to the right. After about 200 yards turn left immediately before the pink cottage (Egypt Cottage) over a stile and into a field.
Make sure you keep the hedge on your left until you reach a gate leading to a road. Turn right into the road and follow it down into the valley and across a bridge. The road passes Park Mill (the site of an old water mill) and then bears sharp left. When you reach this bend keep straight ahead through a gate at the sign ‘Footpath’. Follow the length of the field keeping the fence and the old leat on your right until you reach a stile on your right. Cross over this stile and two bridges over the leat.
As you enter the field keep straight ahead to the gap in the next hedge.Then keep the fence on your left until you reach a small row of trees crossing your path. At this point turn right and cross the river by the footbridge. Go straight ahead through some small fir trees until you reach the fence on the other side. When you get here turn right and follow the fence round the end of the wood to a gate.
Go through the gate and follow the track upwards. Keep straight on, ignoring other tracks joining from the left and right. At the top of the wood, the track goes through a gate and then turns left, but here leave the track by going straight on through another gate and then straight ahead across the next field. When you reach the hedge turn left and keeping the hedge to your right, follow it until you reach a road.
Turn left and almost immediately turn right at a junction (signposted to Eggesford Station). After approximately I mile you will reach Nethercott Farm. Turn right here, immediately opposite the farm, at a footpath sign. Keep to the left but do NOT go through the gate. Make sure you keep the wire fence to your right, and follow it as it turns right and down into the valley. At the bottom go straight ahead through a forestry commission hunting gate. Follow the wide track to the left which eventually passes some pheasant pens and then comes to a T junction.
When you reach the T junction go straight ahead over a stile (this may not be all that obvious) and then a rather difficult stream crossing. Go ahead and slightly to the left to the top left hand corner of the field and into a lane. Turn right into the lane which leads to a crossroads.
Go ahead down the lane signposted ‘Chumleigh – unsuitable for cars’. When the road ends at a farm follow the stony track straight ahead which is signposted ‘Unsuitable for motors’. This will take you down to a bridge and then up again to the church at Chumleigh and the car parks.
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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.