Woodbury Common Walk towards Woodbury Castle

Woodbury Common

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Whilst Devon has more well-known areas to walk such as Dartmoor and Exmoor, Woodbury Common is also another great little place to explore. Be warned though, that you’ll be walking on pebbles which can make for trickier walking conditions.

To reach it, head from Exeter via the A3052 Sidmouth Road. Just as you pass the Halfway Inn, turn right onto the B3180 which leads you to the B3179. Whilst there are many different car parks to use, for this walk we’ll be the first on on the left you reach (which is not sign posted, so make sure you keep an eye out).

Once you’ve parked and are ready to go, take the right hand path leading towards Woodbury Castle (one of the great things about Woodbury Common is that there are so many paths going off in all directions, so feel free to choose your own adventure if you’d rather not follow this walk). This path can be boggy in places if its been raining, so make sure you bring appropriate footwear.

Make sure you take in the beautiful coastal views on your left. You should also be able to see a variety of wildlife, including dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies and much more!

After the short climb you should reach Woodbury Castle, which used to be an ancient fort built around 500-300 BC and allowed its inhabitants to see for miles. As you walk through the clump of trees there now, you should be able to pass through the castle’s old moat.

When you’re ready to move on, head to the other side of the fort (taking care with the high banks) and cross over the road, taking in the views of Exeter on the right. From here you should be able to head back to the car park you started from, although you can always head through any of the other paths around if you choose!

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Chris Green

About the Author: Chris Green works in the office at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs, using his technical expertise to assist wherever needed. In his spare time he likes playing guitar and bass, and hiking around Dartmoor.

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