Best Zeal Monachorum Walk

where monks used to amble
1 hour walks

The tranquil hills around Zeal 'Monachorum' have changed little since the Middle Ages when they were cultivated by the monks of Buckfast Abbey.

The name means A house (Zeal) belonging to a monk.

Point of InterestTuckingmill
Two Moors Way
Pubsthe Waie.Zeal Monachorum
toiletsToilets near Car Park
parkingFree Car Park on the A369 Crediton to Barnstaple Road
parkingComing from Crediton Car Park is on left, A369, opposite Devonshire Dumpling pub Post Code:EX17 5LP
St Peter's Church Zeal Monachorum
St Peter's Church at Zeal Monachorum


Distance:6.3 miles

As parking space is limited in the village, this walk starts in a free car park just off the main Crediton to Barnstaple road .

The half way point of the route is the Waie Inn , in Zeal Monachorum, thus making it an ideal pub walk! .

Some sections of the walk can be wet after heavy rain.

The Walk

A From the car park walk along the main road for about 5 minutes.

trafficThere is no pavement.

B Turn left up a track to join the famous Two Moors Way. Do not cross the railway bridge but turn right into a path along the line.

C Follow this well signed trail for 1.5 miles until about 50m before Lammacott Farm.

D Bear Right leaving the Tarka Trail.

E The route continues along several public footpaths, to Thorne.

F The ruins of Tuckingmill, near an old quarry.

Tuckingmill Bridge
Tuckingmill Bridge

Here you join the Devonshire Heartland Way and continue into Zeal Monachorum crossing the river Yeo.

G Zeal Monachorum enjoys one pub the Waie.
Walk through the village to the old church and turn right into a track back to the river.

H Cross the river, turn left.

I head towards Down St Mary passing an old vineyard.

The walk includes several stiles and steady climbs.

Zeal Monachorum and Down St Mary Walk



 Walks near Zeal Monachorum
 North Tawton
This very pleasant walk, most of it on footpaths, follows part of the Tarka Trail along the river Taw towards Bondleigh church.
A lovely country walk from a friendly village so typical of 'old' Devon.
 Morchard Bishop
Morchard (Large Wood) Bishop lies almost halfway on the Two Moors Way . In the village you will find a detailed map of all the footpaths in the area , a welcome sign to all walkers and hikers.


tracks, paths
main roads
5 mins
quality of track