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Ideford Walks

walking into the past
1 hour walks
    
Select Your WalkWalk 1 (3.9 miles)Walk 2 (5.8 miles)
  Luton and Ideford Arch Combe Valley

Ideford ,an unspoilt rural village dating back to the Saxons,is still surrounded by ancient tracks and drover's lanes used for driving cattle.

The name refers to a ford.

Point of InterestSaxon village,old drover's lanes
  
Point of InterestIdeford,the Royal Oak
  
parkingIdeford church ,limited spaces

Walk 1 Luton and Ideford Arch (3.9 miles)

Ideford pub
Royal Oak Ideford
  
Difficulty

Note:There are several steady climbs and one steep descent.

This quite strenuous but rewarding walk starts from ideford's pub and follows the Teignmouth & Dawlish Way to Luton,an equally charming village ,also unaffected by change and ,perhaps importantly,boasting a pub (the Elizabethan Inn)!

From here it heads South then West using old tracks which after heavy rain may get muddy.

Some of these tracks have interesting names and hint at their age:

Hamblecombe Lane,Haldon Lane and Bowdens Lane.

A small ford

You cross a ford near Larcomb Pond then join the old Exeter to Netwon Abbot road at Ideford Arch.

A public footpath takes you across the bridge. It is hard to imagine that you are walking on the old road dating back to the early 19th century.

the early 19th century 'bypass'
the early 19th century 'bypass'

Follow the open track then turn right into a path meandering through a wood ,part of the old Ugbrooke Park.

When the path bends to the left take care to take a right fork which soon joins an old track,Haldon Lane,through a small gap in the embankment.

Continue along Haldon Lane until you join a country lane,turn right and enjoy extensive views of the Combe valley below.

 
Point of Interest spectacular views of Combe valley
ideford walk 1

Walk 1

 

 Walks near Ideford:
   
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Walk 2 Combe Valley (5.8 miles)

Combe Valley
  
Difficulty

This delightful (dog friendly) walk ,ideal during the summer months,follows part of the Combe Valley through an impressive forest.

If you park near Ideford Combe (NOT Ideford) the halfway mark is Ideford or Luton,both with pubs.

parking ideford church ,limited space or limited parking on Ideford Combe ,a lane off the B3195
ideford walk 2

Walk 2