Best West Hill Circular Walks

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Walk 1 (1.5 miles)Walk 2 (1.4 miles)Walk 3 (4.7 miles)Walk 4 (7.9 miles)
West Hill short walk.Venn Ottery CommonTipton St JohnWest Hill to Ottery St Mary

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 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.

parkingBendarroch Rd West Hill

Map of Walk 1

Walk 2 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.

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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Map of Walk 2

Walk 3 Tipton St John (4.7 miles)


Anchoring Hill


PubsThe Golden Lion, Tipton St John

A nice relaxing 5 mile (pub) hike with great views descending 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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 parkingHigher Broad Oak Road, near junction with Aylesbeare Road

Map of Walk 3

Walk 4 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.

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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.

Map of Walk 4