Ashcombe Walk


The walk follows the lush and undisturbed valley of the Dawlish Waters and retraces a route vividly described by the 18th century John Swete in his 'Journal Eleven' (from his Tavels In Georgian Devon) .

His colourful illustrations depict old cottages, a mill and Ashcombe church; unfortunately, there appears to be no sign of any water mill in Ashcombe.

parking Church Street, Dawlish
Point of Interesthamlet of Ashcombe

A combe is a fertile valley with steep sides.

Ashcombe Church

Distance:10.9 miles


The church, dedicated to Saint Nectan, has 13th century lancet windows and a 14th century chancel arch.

'The cottages were more frequent as I approached the church... the scenery was not only picturesque but romantic- '

The walk continues up 'a steep hill, mounting to an elevated ridge' ; the walk descends through a forest and winds itself back up to the ridge which offers commanding views of the Exe.

The walk through 'Long Lane' can be muddy.

trafficSome stretches along a country lane may be subject to traffic.


10.9 miles
tracks, paths
main roads
0 %
altitude range
18 - 117 m
quality of track


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There is one steep climb.

Ashcombe Walk

Ashcombe Bridge today

The view, today

 Walks near Ashcombe
Great walks from Dawlish , known for its sandy beaches, black swans & the Brunel railway line along its coast.
Hoskins:'Mamhead Park is exceedingly beautiful, with many noble trees, and views over a luxuriant landscape to the sea.'