Favourite Devon Walks
  Popular Dunkeswell Walks
3 Popular Walks
dunkeswell abbey Dunkeswell Abbey
  
Walk 1 Ruins of Abbey
 6 miles (2h 30)
 difficulty 4/4 (challenging)
Walk 2 Old Dunkeswell
 2.5 miles (1h 10)
 difficulty 3/4 (challenging)
Walk 3 Old & New
 4.7 miles (2 hours)
 difficulty 3/4 (challenging)
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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 Interest Old Village of Dunkeswell
Joseph Kennedy
   
Pubs Dunkeswell Airport
   
parking Near Dunkeswell Airport
 
 
Walk 1
Ruins of Abbey (6 miles)
 MAP

Difficulty:

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

Dunkeswell is named after a spring ; so it's not surprising that sections 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 %
Wellies!
   

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Walk 2
Old Dunkeswell (2.5 miles)
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Difficulty:

dunkeswell church
Dunkeswell Church

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

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 & New (4.7 miles)
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Difficulty:

This pleasant walk through a tranquil landscape combines the old peaceful village with the new one.

It follows public footpaths and quiet lanes and includes two steady climbs.

parking Free Parking Culme Way, Post Office ('new' Dunkeswell)

 

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 Upottery
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