The Exe Valley Way – Stage 3 Brampford Speke to Thorverton


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This stage of the walk is roughly 4.5 miles in distance, and takes you next to the flat valley floor of the Exe before ending up at the village of Thorverton. There are two options you can take, and I have chosen the direct route.

To start off, take the lane towards the church and then follow the public footpath through the churchyard. Continue on the gravel path to a lane, before turning right and then bearing left downhill to the footbridge over the Exe.

For the direct route, take the path which bears to the left, and then bear round to the right. When you get to an old gate (with a new kissing gate to the side) continue ahead. Make sure you keep next to a hedge and on to a copse, bearing slightly left to the riverside.

Follow the Exe to a track which leads to a junction of other tracks and turn left. At the T-junction turn right, then take the next side track on the left. At the end of the track, turn left then immediately right. You will go into a field. Aim for the left end of the hedge on the far side with the hills in the distance. Cross the stile, which is quite hidden but is in the corner of the field just after the bend in the stream. Then go ahead then keep to the left of the hedge to a gateway.

Go through a stile then cross the next large field in the same direction to where a fence meets the banks of the Exe. Continue alongside the Exe to a road. Turn left, across the river, and follow into the village of Thorverton. This is a pretty little village, with a couple of pubs to stop and rest yourself for a while.

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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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