Coombeshead Walk

Walking trail

The Coombeshead valley provides a good walk, with rewarding views across the wider estate. The walk travels across fields, some of which may contain livestock, so whilst dogs are welcome on the walk, please keep them on a short lead. The route also goes through a working farmyard, so please shut all gates along the way. The path may be muddy in places.

A view across the fields along the Coombeshead walk at Arlington Court


Map for the Coombeshead walk at Arlington Court


Outside Old Kitchen tea-room, grid ref: SS611405


This walk is marked with signs with pink arrows on them. From the tea-room, follow signs through the garden to the Carriage Museum. By the Granary building look out for wooden signs with a pink arrow to direct you to Coombeshead. Walk up the track past a wooden garage on your right and bear right through woodland to emerge next to the Sawmill building.

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A wooden way marker for the Coombeshead walk at Arlington Court


Walk uphill with the Sawmills building on your left and follow the track as is narrows and goes past a farmyard entrance on your right. (Do not enter the farmyard). Just after the farmyard you will see a kissing gate to your right, set slightly back from the track with a pink arrow directing you across the field, following a stoned track.

The estate office at Arlington Court is based in an old sawmill


At Barton Court, go over the stile directly in front of you and follow the signs to take you across the next field, heading for a gate directly in front of you. Go through the gate into a small band of woodland, before heading back into the fields again. There may be cows or horses in these next few fields.

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A view along the path on the Coombeshead walk at Arlington Court


Keeping the hedge on your left walk through the first field following the pink markers. After you have walked through a gateway in the hedge, take a route diagonally to the right across the second field, clipping the edge of a half hedge until you get to a gate onto a farm track. Follow this track, making sure to close all the gates, until you find yourself in the farmyard. This is Coombeshead Farm, managed by one of our tenant farmers.

A view of the farmyard at Coombeshead farm on the Arlington estate


In the middle of the farmyard you will see a tall pink arrow directing you to the right, follow this track around and uphill, passing an old mill pond, until you see another pink arrow directing you along the edge of the field.

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The mill pond at Coombeshead farm on the Arlington estate


You should now be standing at a stile looking down a steep valley (coombe), where you may see some wild Exmoor ponies grazing. Follow the steep steps down the hill until you reach a gate into the woodland on your left.

A view down the Coombeshead valley at Arlington Court


Follow the track downhill through the woods until you reach a junction of other paths. This is the end of the Coombeshead Circular and from here you can choose to return by one of our other coloured walking routes. Following the green arrows will take you back uphill to the Carriage Museum – this is the shortest route back to Arlington Court. Following the blue arrows in reverse will take you along the valley to Tucker’s Bridge and from here you can follow signs to the Lake or Arlington Court, to bring you back on a longer, but well surfaced route.

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The stable block clock tower at Arlington Court carriage museum


Arlington Court woodland, crossroad of paths, grid ref: SS614396

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Coombeshead Walk


This walk follows footpaths around the estate, some can be muddy and there is one steep descent on steps.  There are some stiles.

Coombeshead Walk

Contact us

Telephone: 01271 850296
Coombeshead Walk

How to get here

Arlington Court, Arlington, Near Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4LP
By train

Barnstaple, 10 miles (16km) from Arlington.

By road

9 miles (14.4km) north-east of Barnstaple, off the A39. Postcode for Sat Nav: EX31 4LP.

By foot

From main car park just 200 yards, through reception. Admission charges will apply during the property's opening times throughout the year.

By bus

TW Coaches 309, Barnstaple-Lynton, infrequent.

Coombeshead Walk

Facilities and access

  • National Trust car park
  • Tea room