Alphington Walks

5 Mile Hikes

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

PubsNew Inn
The Twisted Oak (nr Ide)
parkingNear Alphington Church

Walk 1 Alphington Brook Ford (1.9 miles)


Alphington Brook Ford
Alphington Brook Ford
Point of InterestWhat to explore?
  • House of Charles Dickens' parents.

This pleasant but short pub 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.

You can extend this walk to the Twisted Oak pub near Ide (see Blue route) - total journey 3.1 miles.

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)


Views of Exeter
Views of Exeter
Point of InterestWhat to explore

Village of Ide
Longest ford in the UK

A pleasant pub walk to 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'.

Use spiralling bridge to cross the A30 then perhaps reward your self with some refreshments at the Twisted Oak, on your right.


There is one steady climb.

Alphington Walk 2


4.2 miles
tracks, paths
main roads
1 %
when wet
altitude range
8 - 93 m
quality of track



 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.

Walk 3 Alphington to Exeter circular (6.6 miles)


Barley Valley Nature reserve

A delightful circular 7 mile hike to Exeter, using footpaths and quiet lanes . It follows the Green Circle into Barley Valley Mature Reserve & Exeter bypassing all major roads then continues along the canal into Exeter Quay with ample opportunities to take a break.

Note:Some stretches can be really muddy after heavy rain.

Alphington Walk 3

Walk 4 Alphington & Shillingford St George (4.5 miles)


This walk takes you back into the 18th century, a time when tolls were to be avoided.

toll gate

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