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Alphington Walks

escape from a hectic city to tranquility
1 hourish walks

Alphington is an ideal location for walkers to explore the valleys & rolling hills south of Exeter.

Walk 1 Alphington Brook Ford (1.9 miles)

This pleasant but short walk starts at Alphington church and follows the Green Circle ( a circular route around Exeter) until it turns into Crab Lane possibly dating back to the Middle Ages.

Cross the Alphington Brook then turn right into Balls Farm Road. At the end turn right and follow a shared cycle foot path through a tunnel into Church Road.

Take the first lane on your right ( MIll Lane) . However,to see the house Charles Dickens acquired for his parents continue along Church road for roughly 35 meters

Charles DickensCharles Dickens bought Mile End House,Church Road ,for his parents
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Walk 2 Alphington to Ide (4.2 miles)

Ths pleasant walk takes you through an old part of Alphington,past the lane which leads to site of the Alphington Halt railway station on the Teign Valley Line.

Alphington Brook Ford
Alphington Brook Ford"

It continues following part of Markham Lane - a route used by the Romans to man their fortlet/signal post south of Ide.

Ide boasts two pubs and according to White's Directory it's 'beautiful and romantic grounds,called Fordlands,were visited by pleasure parties from Exeter'.'...
These romantic grounds,from their sylvan shades,gleaming lakes,rustic arbours and devious ever-winding paths might be appropriately denominated Fairy-land.'
Perhaps,White is referring to the Alphin Brook valley.

The longest ford in the UK is situated in the centre of the village.

Ide's Church (St. Ida,) was 'rebuilt in 1834,at the cost of about £1300,and has 550 sittings,of which 300 are free. It is a neat cemented structure,with a tower and four bells'.

Point of Interest

Village & Alphington ford,longest ford of Ide

4.2 miles
1 hr 30 mins
main roads
1 %
altitude range
8 - 93 m
quality of track

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Near Alphington Church


There is one steady climb.

Walk 3 Alphington & Shillingford St George (4.5 miles)

This walk takes you back into the 18th century.

toll gate

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Alphington Walk 1

Alphington Walk 2

Map of Roman Ide

Roman Ide taken from Map of Roman Devon (c) Pinns UK

 Walks near Alphington:
Various walks from a most picturesque village known for the longest ford in the UK
Great country walks from a pretty village which used to be THE gateway to Haldon.
An easy and most popular walk across the RSPB nature reserve to the Exeter Canal towpath.