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Axminster Walks

exploring a historic landscape
1 hour walks
   
Walk 1 (3.8 miles)Walk 2 (4.8 miles)
Axminster to the river Axe River Axe & Wyke Green

Explore Axminster beyond its famous carpet industry.

The name means Monastery near the Axe.

Point of InterestMORIDUNUM a Roman fort
Roman Roads
River Axe
Museum
  
Pubs Numerous pubs in Axminster
  
parkingWest Street Car Park Axminster (free on Sundays)

Walk 1 Axminster to the river Axe (3.8 miles)

Difficulty:

River Axe
River Axe

This pleasant and fairly easy walk takes in a hilly landscape,Abbey Gate and the river Axe.

A The starts in West Street Car Park then meandering through the old part town it joins a footpath on the outskirts of Axminster.

Turn right and head towards Woodbury Farm,behind which lies a Roman fort - only the ditch has been preserved. A Roman 'map' refers to a small town called Moridumum somewhere in the area ; more than likely it developed from the fort.

B Standing in front of Woodbury farm ,you could be standing in front of a hostelry for travellers coming from Exeter,Honiton,Lyme Regis or Ilchester.

Follow the track ,which must date back to the Romans ,until eventually you reach Abbey Gate Lane. Turn right and continue until Lower Abbey Farm.

C Behind the farm are the scant remains of an abbey dating back to the 13th century - unfortunately,you cannot see it from the road.

Turn left,crossing the railway lines through a small tunnel,then head towards two foot bridges.

D Take the one the right and follow & enjoy the peace of a beautiful meandering river.

During the winter or after heavy rainfall wellingtons are recommended.

There is one steady climb and descent.

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axminster walk 1

Walk 1

 Walks near Axminster:
  
 Membury
Three rural walks through an Area of Outstanding Beauty.
  
 Uplyme
Walks of various lengths to explore a totally abandoned viaduct!
  
 Kilmington
A delightful dog friendly walk,mainly through woods,to the old beacon house where a lookout was posted to keep a wary eye for Armada ships
  
 Musbury
A delightful but quite strenuous walk towards Musbury castle,an Iron Age Hill fort with spectacular views of East Devon and the Axe valley
  
 Dalwood
Dalwood offers the walker a network of public footpaths to enjoy Devon's unspoilt rolling hills.
  
 Axmouth
Axmouth is a very picturesque village at the end of the Roman Fosse Way with 2 pubs and magnificent views of the Axe estuary.
 
   
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Walk 2 River Axe & Wyke Green (4.8 miles)

Difficulty:

Similar to the first walk but longer. It follows part of a Tony Robinson walk - see England's last Battle.

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busy crossingthis walk crosses a busy road
  

axminster walk 2

Walk 2