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Burrough Farm


Burrough Farm is a walk across farmland, through woodland and along side the River Torridge.

Spot the wrecks at low tide around the headlands

An interesting and varied walk with beautiful views across the river and inland to the port of Bideford. Burrough was the home of Charles Kingsley’s hero in his famous novel 'Westward Ho!'. Grade of walk: Trainer (all rounder); Type of walk: 'Waterside Walks', 'Beautiful Views'.

Torridge Estaury, North Devon
Torridge Estaury, North Devon Justin Seedhouse


Map route for Burrough Farm walk
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Windmill Lane, grid ref: SS460287


When you leave Windmill Lane, continue (straight on) down a tree-lined track until you see an oak stile on your right. Go over the stile and walk down the field edge towards the river. Continue over one more stile and upon reaching a path junction turn right down towards the river.

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Here, there are two paths. A high tide one, and another path over a wooden boardwalk if the tide is out. The boardwalk takes you right next to the waters edge and over ancient salt marsh. If the tide is low enough, there are several shipwrecks to be seen around the headlands. But take care with the tide and the sand, which can be very soft here, so don't stray too far. Head over the boardwalk in a south-westerly direction where you will walk alongside farmland grazed by beautiful Devon Red beef cattle.

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Here you will enter a lovely section of broadleaved woodland that runs alongside the river for several hundred yards. Here there are several view points with views up the river to Bideford. Continue along this path until the next path junction were you need to turn right, and walk up a steep path to a metalled road. Cross the road and over the stile back onto farmland, which is owned by us.

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Walk along the edge of the fields and enjoy the wonderful views across the river, until finally reaching Windmill Lane once more.

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Windmill Lane, grid ref: SS460287

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Burrough Farm


A circular walk with some steeper sections in places, the route goes across farm land. The ground can be a bit muddy, especially after wet weather. Walking boots or good walking shoes are recommended.

Bring the dog, but bring a lead too.

Burrough Farm

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Burrough Farm

How to get here

Burrough Farm, Northam near Bideford, North Devon, EX39 1SU
By train

Barnstaple 10 miles (16.1km).

By road

Take the A39 (Bideford to Bude) before following signs to Northam. Parking in Northam or along Windmill Lane.

By bus

Take the First North Devon Bus 1 towards Westward Ho! From Bideford Quay. Get off at Northam swimming pool and walk down Windmill Lane for three minutes.

Burrough Farm

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome on leads