Best Autumn Walks
Here are our favourites…
Fingle Bridge / Teign Valley
A great walk year-round and particularly beautiful in autumn as the tree-lined river glows with the reflection of red, orange, yellow and green. The circular walk is a little challenging due to the hills and rough ground in places and it’s not for those with vertigo, because it climbs the Teign valley towards Castle Drogo. The reward, of course, is beautiful views.
Route details: nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-drogo/trails
Easy walk along flat forest trails towards a tree-framed view of the Exe Estuary and an intriguing obelisk. We usually park in the clearing closest to the A380 junction.
For a longer, circular walk try: forestry.gov.uk/forestry/englanddevon
Topsham to Lympstone – the Avocet Line
A flat trail, for bikes and boots, that hugs the River Clyst then the River Exe and extends beyond Lympstone to Exmouth, depending on how fit you’re feeling. Park in Topsham or Darts Farm and do the online route (see below) backwards!
Columbjohn woods and Deodar Glen (Killerton)
On the less-well-explored side of the Killerton estate, this walk takes you through woodland, past curious cattle and lovely views and on to Deodar Glen with its evergreen valley. We usually park at Columbjohn – pick up the footpath next to the farm and take the woodland path for a route that is quite steep in places but nicer than the lower track. At the top, go in to the field on the right and climb the hill for the view. From here, wind along to Deodar Glen.
For the official version: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton/trails