Dunkeswell rewarding walk to the ruins of an old abbey
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  Ruins of Abbey Old Dunkeswell Old and New
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Dunkeswell church is famous for its Norman font and connections with President Kennedy’s elder brother,Lt. Joseph Kennedy,who took off from Dunkeswell and was killed during a tragic wireless plane experiment over the English Channel.

The airport is active and boasts a buffet carvery restaurant.

Point of InterestOld Village of Dunkeswell
Joseph Kennedy
  
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parkingNear Dunkeswell Airport

Walk 1 Ruins of Abbey (6 miles)

Difficulty

This pleasant but strenuous walk leads to the ruins of an old Cistercian Abbey.

dunkeswell abbey

Parts of the walk go through some very marshy fields,see map,and wellingtons are essential - even during a long dry spell!

The gps will take you uphill to another track and drier ground bypassing a badly maintained path which continues across the marshy area.

time:
2 hrs 5 mins
terrain:
tracks,fields
lanes
lanes
55%
main roads
0.5 %
recommended
altitude range
130 - 226 m
quality of track
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Walk 1

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 Broadhembury
An exhilarating walk from one of the most picturesque villages in Devon.
  
 Luppitt
One of our most invigorating walks!
 
 Honiton
Check out all popular walks from a historic town known for its lace and market.
  
 Upottery
A lovely country walk towards what used to be called Upottery Airport (Smeatharpe).
  

Walk 2 Old Dunkeswell (2.5 miles)

dunkeswell church
Dunkeswell Church
Difficulty

This enjoyable walk revolves around the charming old Dunkeswell and its church which is well worth a visit.

It is home to a most unusual Norman font which originally belonged to the Cistercian Abbey and contains one of the earliest carvings of an elephant in Britain.

Mysterious Elephant
Mysterious Elephant

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Walk 3 Old and New (4.7 miles)

Difficulty

This pleasant walk combines the old peaceful village with the new one and includes two steady climbs.

It follows public footpaths and quiet lanes.

parkingFree Parking Culme Way,Post Office ('new' Dunkeswell)

 

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Walk 3