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Best Bickleigh Walks

Bickleigh Bridge
1 hour walks
Walk 1 (5.4 miles)Walk 2 (4 miles one way)Walk 3 (5.1 miles)Walk 3 (4.5 miles)
Bickleigh CastleTivertonCadeleighBickleigh

Bickleigh is known for its bridge across the Exe, its 15th century castle, an old mill, a Railway Centre and two popular pubs.

There are several circular walks from Bickleigh, all quite strenuous and following some paths but mostly quiet, narrow lanes.

There are 2 Bickleighs in Devon, one near Plymouth and this one, near Tiverton. Perhaps to avoid confusion, the old railway station was called Cadeleigh.

Point of InterestWhat to see

Bickleigh Castle

Bickley Mill

Bickleigh Railway Centre

parking Bickleigh Mill Overflow Car Park
PubsFishermans Cot

Walk 1 Bickleigh Castle (5.4 miles)


This moderate walk follows part of the scenic Exe Valley Way and passes Bickleigh Castle with its 6th century chapel, arguably the oldest building in Devon - access by appointment only.

It follows stretches of an A road which at times can be busy.

Bickleigh Castle

During the Winter months wellies are strongly recommended.

There are no pubs en route and the walk has one steep climb.

Bickleigh Mill is ideal for refreshments.

The Walk

AFrom the main Car Park , head towards turn off to car park and turn Left.
Continue to main road and bridge. Take care crossing bridge.
After crossing bridge, turn Left and follow A3072 for 125 m.

B Turn Right into small lane just after another bridge.
Continue following this lane passing Hawthorn Farm on left.

CWhere the road splits, turn Left towards East Court.
When it joins a public footpath, continue following this path.

DOn the edge of Cadleigh Court where it meets another track, turn Left.
After 90m , turn Right onto Cadleigh Court Lane.
At T junction, turn Right onto Bumbridge Hill.
Continue for 1 mile ignoring lane on right.

EAt Chilton Gate farm, cross busy A3072 onto a lane leading to Higher Chilton Farm.
After Higher Chilton Farm, turn Left into a small lane - it's the firts lane on left after having crossed the A3072.
Continue along this lane passing several farms.

FAt T junction, turn Left.
Continue on long this lane which passes Bickleigh Castle.
Where lane joins the A396, turn Right and return to Bickleigh.

Bickleigh Millmore cream tea walks


Walk 1

 Walks near Bickleigh
A delightful canal walk - you may meet a shire horse pulling a barge!
Three scenic walks through a lush & tranquil landscape from a village known for its Inn.
Best walks from one of the oldest villages in Devon, featuring an oak tree almost 1000 years old.
Raddon Hills offer the walker some of the best views of Dartmoor and Haldon, ideal for a picnic.
Walk 1 
5.4 miles
2 hr 20 mins
main roads
10 mins
quality of track

Walk 2 to Tiverton (4 miles one way)


Another popular & easy walk starts at Tiverton and finishes at Bickleigh.

If you are setting off from Tiverton take the road past the museum and follow the river and the Exe Valley Way via Collipriest - see map.

Paths are generally well maintained though stretches of the walk can be wet.

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Walk 2 Tiverton to Bickleigh
(showing Tiverton start/end of walk)

Walk 3 via Cadeleigh (5.1 miles)


Bickleigh bridge over troubled water

A most delightful 5 mile hike of moderate difficulty to Cadeleigh - after a wet spell stretches along the river need wellies.

 There is still a pub in Cadeleigh, the Cadeleigh Arms , now owned by the community and well worth a visit!

Walk 3 (5.1 miles)

Walk 4 One way to Silverton (4.5 miles)


Bickleigh Mill

Follow the Two County Ways to Silverton and enjoy a lunch or some refreshments and take the 55A bus back or return the same way.

The way is not signed but use the gpx below to follow the route on your mobile or gps.

There is one steep descent into Silverton but the views are quite spectacular.

The route is dog friendly and follows public footpaths and quiet lanes.


Walk 4 To Silverton Bus Walk