Teign Valley short, (mostly) circular walk
Teign Valley, Whiddon Farm Workshop, Whiddon Farm, Easton Cross, Chagford, Newton Abbot TQ13 8DGRoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
A short but pretty walk at any time of year, taking in some woodland, meadows and riverside.
Things to look out for:
- Spring Display - the daffodils are a noted feature of the Steps Bridge woods.
- Red Wood Ants - the nests of these fascinating insects can be seen close to the path in summer and trails of ants foraging for food will often cross your path. They build huge mounds o
- Bus stop
Start: Steps Bridge Car Park - grid ref SX 804 883
Starting at the car park at Steps Bridge adjacent to the bed-and-breakfast, follow the path which leads from the western edge of the car park (do not cross the main road). Go through a small gate and follow the path through some privately owned woodland until you reach a kissing gate next to a National Trust sign.
Continue along this track until you reach the edge of a stream (Doccombe Brook). There is a small ford and a footbridge. Do not cross the stream, but instead bear left and continue to follow the track which soon has a short, but steep, climb.
You'll know you're in the right place when you see this sign. Look out for the old stone ruin just across the bridge.
Carry on through woodland until you reach a track crossing left to right in front of you. Proceed right and downwards, following 'Circular walk' signs.
At the bottom of the hill, your route turns left (signposted 'Circular walk') and crosses a small footbridge before returning along the edge of a rough field - Black Marsh Meadow. This area was formerly conifer woodland, but has been felled and restored to its original state as open meadow.
A haven for wildlife, you'll encounter numerous Red Wood Ant nests in this valley, as they love the sunny slopes here.
At the far end of the meadow the track curves around a derelict stone building. To the right you'll see the ford and bridge you passed at stage two.
Cross the river (however you like) and instead of returning along the track you came by, take a detour left over a stile and into another meadow - Heltor Meadow. Walk through this meadow, over a stile at the far end and continue to follow the path along the river until it rejoins the track you started on. Return to the car park.
Why not take some time and enjoy the sun and peace and quiet.
End: Steps Bridge Car Park - grid ref SX 804 883
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Moderate
- Distance: 2.4 miles (3.86 kilometers)
- Time: One to one and a half hours
- OS Map: Explorer 113 (Okehampton); Landranger 191 (Okehampton and North Dartmoor)
A mixed terrain which takes in some woodland, meadows and riverside - stony tracks and paths and some muddy spots. One steep hill ascent and descent.
- How to get here:
By bus: Dartline Service 173 Exeter to Moretonhampstead (passing Exeter Central Station) Monday to Saturday.
By road: On the B3212 Moretonhampstead to Exeter road. From A30 going north, exit Whiddon Down and follow A382 to Moretonhampstead, then follow signs for B3212 Exeter; or if travelling south, exit A30 at Exeter junction (first after motorway if travelling south) and follow signs for Moretonhampstead B3212.
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