Best Burlescombe Walks

near the Grand Western Canal
1 hour walks
Walk 1 (1.3 miles)Walk 2 (4.9 miles)
to the Ruins of an old Priory to Holcombe Rogus

Burlescombe grew in importance when during the 19th century superior limestone was mined in quarries nearby.

The name means Burgweald's valley with steep sides.

Point of InterestGrand Western Canal
Canonsleigh Priory
Westleigh Quarry Trail
PubsAysford Arms
parkingLimited parking area near Bridge in Burlescombe - see map

Walk 1 to the Ruins of an old Priory (1.3 miles)


Great Western Canal

Enjoy a short and easy walk along the Grand Western Canal and into rural Devon, past the ruins of Canonsleigh Priory, an Augustinian nunnery. Much of it still survives.

Canonsleigh Priory
Canonsleigh Priory

As you join the main road, turn right then left up a path which runs along a dismantled railway line and takes you back to the car park.

Map of Walk 1

 Walks near Burlescombe
UffculmeSampford Peverell
after rain
quality of track

Walk 2 to Holcombe Rogus (4.9 miles)


Whipcott Bridge
Whipcott Bridge

A delightful and easy walk using part of the Grand Western Canal to Holcombe Rogus - Holcombe means Wooden Valley.

We have been informed by one of our followers that the current walk is blocked by a locked gate ( on a public footpath ! ) after Holcome Rogus . Please use temporary detour map.

drinking well
Drinking Well

Its worth paying a visit to it's 13th century All Saints Church - There has been a place of worship since then 10th century.

Look out for various drinking wells.

The route passes the village pub:Prince of Wales

It returns using mainly footpaths - some may become overgrown.

There is an option to see the ruins of an old priory and follow theWestleigh Quarry Trail (dismantled railway) across the canal and into the village of Burlescombe (towards the pub).

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There are no steep climbs.

Map of Walk 2