Best Harpford Wood Walks

1 hour walks
Select Your WalkWalk 1 (2.4 miles)Walk 2 (3.6 miles)Walk 3 (4.9 miles)
  Harpford Wood Bowd Inn Harpford Common Bowd Inn & Harpford Common

Three delightful walks through Harpford Wood, a most dramatic and ancient wood near Harpford containing unique fauna.

Point of InterestHarpford Wood disused railway
Rare Fugi
Coleridge Link
Pubs Bowd Inn
parkingFree Car Park near cricket grounds off Back Lane.
directionsSATNAV Postcode:EX10 0
Harpford disused railway
Harpford Disused Railway

Walk 1 Harpford Wood (2.4 miles)


This delightful walk starts on the outskirts of Newton Poppleford and crosses the Otter via a footbridge into Harpford village.

You follow the East Devon Way and the Coleridge Link into Harpford Wood and return using an old footpath with splendid views of the Otter Valley.

Footpaths and tracks well maintained making it an ideal walk throughout the year.

You may wish to take some refreshments at the famous Bowd Inn , returning via a now disused railway.

2.4 miles
tracks bridle/ paths
main roads
0 %
can be muddy
There is one steady climb.

Map of Walk 1

 Walks near Harpford
 Newton Poppleford
Three great walks!
This pleasant walk consists of a steady but easy climb through an almost alpine landscape with stunning views of Woodbury Common and Dartmoor - not surprisingly, the East Devon Way follows this delightful route.
 Tipton St John
A very pleasant walk along the Otter.

Walk 2 Bowd Inn Harpford Common (3.6 miles)


This is a longer but most rewarding (pub) walk with a steady climb and a steep descent.

  • The routes passes the Bowd Inn and continues into Harpford Common.
  • The views are quite spectacular! As you descend you may hear the braying of donkeys on Wood's Farm, now part of the Donkey Sanctuary.
  • It returns via Harpford Wood and a disused railway line between Sidmouth Junction (Feniton) and Sidmouth.
map of harpford wood

Map of Walk 2

Walk 3 Bowd Inn & Harpford Common (4.9 miles)


This adds another 1.3 miles to walk 2 and after a steady climb crosses the top of Harpford Common, giving you extensive views of Brixham and Dartmoor.

map of harpford wood

Map of Walk 3

map of harpford wood

Map of Core Hill