A Heritage Walk around Winkleigh, Devon

Winkleigh is a lovely little village, deep in the heart of Devon. It is an interesting spot, and worth spending a couple of hours on a sleepy sunny afternoon. The village stands on a hill, which is the high point between Dartmoor and Exmoor. The buildings that are in the heart of the village are mostly of traditional render such as stone and cob. However you will find some made of brick and granite. At one time most of these buildings were used as shops.

There are lots to see on your walk, including a lovely 14th Century Church, a Wesleyan Chapel and a Methodist Chapel. You will find a Village Hall, some lovely old buildings, now turned into houses, as well as a Community Centre. There are also a couple of pubs in which you can stop for refreshments, but make sure you take your walk first!

Start your walk from the heart of the village where you will find the Village Pump.  Go past the pub, the Kings Arms, and look up to the left towards the Seven Stars. Then turn right at the Bank House which used to be the bank for the village, before Lloyds Bank purchased it in 1940. You will All Saints Church.

Walk around the church, and down the church steps. Go past Queen Street and down Church Hill into Exeter Road. Once you get there, take a right along Exeter Road, go past Coopers Hill and turn right into South Street.  Turn left into the Square, down into Castle Street and up to the corner of Torrington Road.

At Torrington Road go through Sunny View, then right again into Barnstaple Street and back to the Square. This is a good time to take a pit stop.

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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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