The Exe Valley Way – Stage 5 from Bickleigh to Tiverton
This stage of the walk is through rich woodlands of oak and ash trees towards Tiverton. Along the route you will also spot many colourful flowers.
Start by taking the road into Bickleigh Mill and turn left before the house “Millhayes” almost behind the Bickleigh Mill. After heading through the gates to a field edge beside a stream, go through the wooden gate and into a woodland path.
Follow this muddy path and keep close to the river. Once you have reached the riverside, turn left off the path. Follow this permissive path (courtesy of the owner of the area) across a ditch and alongside the Exe to an open field.
Continue alongside the Exe to a stile. When you get there, cross it and turn to the left, keeping still parallel to the river. Cross another stile at the end on this path and walk ahead into the wood.
In the wood make sure you keep to the path, passing a private suspension bridge on the way. From the stile just after the bridge head continue further uphill to another stile. Follow the woodland path and at the gate turn left, then right at the stile into a field.
Head towards the waterworks, and cross the ditch, then look for a gap in the hedge on the right hand side after heading next to the wood. Continue ahead and aim for the right hand side of the waterworks. Make sure you aim for the stile in the far corner.
Go across the stile, pass the waterworks and continue on the track. Keep going for about 1 mile and at the road junction turn left into St. Andrew Street. Cross the footbridge to arrive in Tiverton.
Avoiding the town centre, turn left at the Town Hall to continue north on the Exe Valley Way.
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