Stoke Woods

where Jane Austen once roamed
1 hour walks
Walk 1 (1.4 miles allow 1 hour)Walk 2 (7.2 miles)
Stoke Woods To Bampford Speke

Some very old and tall trees are found in these woods (NW of Exeter) which during the Middle Ages provided valuable building timber.

Recently most confiners have been replaced with native trees. As a result wood anemonies can be seen during spring.


Stokewoods has become a victim of its own success!

Only in summer when it has been dry is any walk through Stokewoods to be recommended , unless you enjoy traipsing through quagmire conditions!

Point of InterestJane Austin & Sense and Sensibility
PubsAt Brampford Speke & Stoke Canon
parkingStoke Woods Main Car Park
Stoke Woods

Walk 1 Stoke Woods (1.4 miles allow 1 hour)


This is a short but very pleasant walk to a view point which inspired Jane Austen to write Sense & Sensibility.

In the distance you may be looking at 'Barton Park' , '...four miles northward of Exeter' .
Opposite the car park, at the top of the hill stood once a Roman Signal Station.


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The walk includes some steep descents and some stretches can be quite muddy!

Very steep paths are marked as >> on map.


Walk 1 showing steep paths


1.9 miles
main roads
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Walk 2 To Bampford Speke (7.2 miles)


This popular walk through some of the most beautiful countryside Devon has to offer starts at Stokewoods (see Car Park).

barton cottage?
Barton Cottage?

It takes you into Brampford Speke via what could have been Jan Austen's Barton Cottage and continues along an old railway line to Stoke Canon & returns via Huxham Church.

Bampford Speke's Church

It follows part of :

East Valley Way, .

map of walkpdf

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Brampford Speke:Lazy Toad

Stoke Canon :Stoke Canon Inn


busy crossing A396 needs to be crossed.


Walk 2 ( 7.2 miles 2h 30 min )

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