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A Circular Walk around Ide, in Devon

Ide is a quaint village situated less than a mile from the City of Exeter. It lies between the A30 and some quite steep hill. You will find this a great little walk as it is only just under 2 miles. You will certainly be climbing up and down again on this walk, and you will find it quite stretching.

The village Ide is home to two pubs: the Poacher’s Arms and Huntsman Inn. Another point of interest is that a long ford crosses a lane on the edge of the village, it is the longest ford in England.

Park up in the free car park and follow a footpath next to the car park onto a stile. You then need to join the abandoned railway track which used to lead to Alphington. Once you are on this tract, you will soon notice a footpath on your right. Make sure you follow this footpath and when you enter a field keep to close to the hedge on your left until you reach the top of a steep hill.

At the top of this hill you will have great views across Devon and the city of Exeter. Nearby at this point, a Roman signal station has been found. As you descend you can still see part of what would have been the old railway bridge. When you get near to the WW1 memorial, you can either fork left to return to Ide or turn right.  If you follow the pavement along the main road for a short while and then turn left into a public footpath, this will lead you to the longest ford in England!

You can either stop in the Huntsman pub – to enjoy a pint, or look out for the Poachers Arms! Continue up the hill and then just before the school, turn into a path on your right which eventually takes you to Ide’s church.

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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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