West Hill Circular Walks
1 hour walks
Walk 1 (7.9 miles)Walk 2 (1.5 miles)Walk 3 (1.4 miles)Walk 4 (5.6 miles)
West Hill to Ottery St Mary West Hill short walk.Venn Ottery CommonTipton St John

Three peaceful walks from a village known for its grand detached houses.

Point of InterestVenn Ottery Common
PubsNo pubs in West Hill
parkingBendarroch Rd West Hill
Walk 3 see below

Walk 1 West Hill to Ottery St Mary (7.9 miles)

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 .

River Otter

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.

terrain:
tracks,fields
lanes
main roads
5 %
  
  

There is one steep climb.

 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.
  

Walk 1

Walk 2 West Hill short walk (1.5 miles)

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 2

Walk 3 Venn Ottery Common (1.4 miles)

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

offering extensive views and a varied landscape.

It follows public bridle and foot paths.

Paths can be muddy after heavy rain.

 

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 parkingHigher Broad Oak Road,near junction with Aylesbeare Road

Walk 3

Walk 4 Tipton St John (5.6 miles)

Anchoring Hill
  
Difficulty
  
PubsThe 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 to Venn Ottery then returns via Venn Ottery Common

 

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 parkingHigher Broad Oak Road,near junction with Aylesbeare Road

Walk 4