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Best Tipton St John Walks

1 hour walks
Select Your WalkWalk 1 (2.5 miles)Walk 2 (4.6 miles)Walk 3 (6.5 miles)Walk 4 (3.8 miles)
  Otter & Harpford Otter & Beacon Hill to Ottery St Mary Newton Poppleford Orchard

Tipton St John in the Domesday Book of 1086, was recorded as "Teppetone".

  • "tæppa" in Old English means "a pointed piece of land" and "tun" implies a "settlement".
  • It is difficult to imagine that the village was once home to a railway station on the Sidmouth Railway line, opened in 1897 and closed in 1967.
  • Tipton boasts a pub , the Golden Lion, a school and a little shop.

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Point of InterestWalk 2
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Along the Otter

Walk 1 Otter & Harpford (2.5 miles)


starting PointStart : Bridge Across Otter

The Walk

A A short but very pleasant walk following a public footpath along the Otter towards Newton Poppleford.

B It crosses a footbridge and leads into the picturesque village of Harpford.

C The walk returns via a disused railway which used to run to Sidmouth.

parkingVillage or Private Car Park with donation nr bridge
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Map of Walk 1

 Walks near Tipton St John:
 Newton Poppleford
3 TOP Walks !
 Ottery St Mary
This easy and varied walk crosses Knightstone estate - the private Manor is one of the best preserved medieval houses in Britain - and returns along the Otter.
Delightful (pub) walks through Harpford Wood, a most dramatic and ancient wood containing unique fauna.
 Coleridge Link
A delightful 9 mile walk following the route often taken by Coleridge.

Walk 2 Otter & Beacon Hill (4.6 miles)


starting PointStart :Bridge across Otter

This delightful and popular walk follows a route most favoured by the poet Samuel Coleridge.

The Walk

A Following the river Otter the route leads into Harpford via a footbridge.

B Follow the East Devon Way ((pink foxglove symbol)) into Harpford Wood and beyond.

C Somewhat steeply ascends to Beacon Hill and Harpford Common where the views of the coast and Haldon are breathtaking.

D It continues along an old path and returns via a bridlepath.

E As you enter the outskirts of Tipton ensure you follow the bridle path to a country lane and not be tempted to negotiate a poorly maintained footpath.

Point of InterestStunning views - Bring camera

Map of Walk 2

View from Harpford Common
4.6 miles
2 hr 10 mins
tracks bridle/ footpaths
country lanes
main roads
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altitude range
28 - 224 m
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Walk 3 to Ottery St Mary (6.5 miles)


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Walk 4 Newton Poppleford Orchard (3.8 miles)


Another favourite walk West of the Otter to Venn Ottery Church and a delightful orchard overlooking Newton Poppleford.

starting PointStart : Bridge Across Otter


Map of Walk 4