Favourite Devon Walks
  Popular West Hill Circular Walks
4 Popular Walks
River Otter River Otter
  
Walk 1 West Hill to Ottery St Mary
 7.9 miles (3h 20)
Walk 2 West Hill short walk
 1.5 miles (40 mins)
Walk 3 Venn Ottery Common
 1.4 miles (40 mins)
Walk 4 Tipton St John
 4.7 miles (2 hours)
 difficulty 3/4 (challenging)
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Three peaceful walks from a village known for its grand detached houses.

 

Point of Interest Venn Ottery Common
Pubs No pubs in West Hill
parking Bendarroch Rd West Hill
Walk 3 see below
 
 
Walk 1
West Hill to Ottery St Mary (7.9 miles)
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This long but delightful and most popular walk initially following peaceful green lanes (Toadpit Lane & Birdcage Lane) offers many beautiful views and takes you along the tranquil banks of the Otter.

At Birdcage you follow an ancient perhaps pre-Roman track with spectacular views of Hembury Castle .

It wasn't so peaceful on July 17th 1980 when the pilot of Viscount had to make an emergency landing in a field near the dismantled railway; thanks to his skill and local knowledge the only casualties were two sheep.

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There is one steep climb.

 

Walk 2
West Hill short walk (1.5 miles)
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This easy but very pleasant walk is now fully up to date as it incorporates recent changes to one of the foot paths.

  
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parking Bendarroch Rd West Hill

 

Walk 3
Venn Ottery Common (1.4 miles)
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Venn Ottery Common
Venn Ottery Common

This delightful short walk explores Venn Ottery Common , now a nature reserve owned by the RSPB.

The heath is of national importance for many rare and threatened species.

The route offers extensive views and a varied landscape.

It follows public bridle and foot paths.

Paths can be muddy after heavy rain.

 

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parking Higher Broad Oak Road, near junction with Aylesbeare Road

 

Walk 4
Tipton St John (4.7 miles)
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Anchoring Hill
Anchoring Hill
   
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Pubs The Golden Lion, Tipton St John

A lovely (pub) walk with great views descends gently to the river Otter.

Turn right when you join a (sometimes busy!) lane at Fluxton then after 150m turn left into a track. This links up with the old railway line between Exmouth and Sidmouth Junction. Thurn left then after 1090m turn rightb onto a path leading you to the river.

Turn right then after a while cross a footbridge.

Cross bridge e and follow a public footpath to Tipton St John.

The route continues using bridleways and tracks then returns via Venn Ottery Common.

 

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parking Higher Broad Oak Road, near junction with Aylesbeare Road
 Walks near Westhill
  
  Ottery St Mary
This easy and varied walk crosses Knightsone estate - the private Manor is one of the best preserved medieval houses in Britain - and returns along the Otter.
  
 
 Tipton St John
Various popular river walks from a village with a great pub.