Whether setting out on foot or packing up the car and heading further afield, there are some great walking routes local to the Coach House Farm. Here are a few to try…
The Killerton Estate
You can pick up the Broadclyst to Killerton public footpath by way of the lane opposite the entrance to the cottage. A classic country walk across open fields and alongside high Devon hedgerows, if your destination is Kilerton, walk through the parkland (where dogs are allowed) or go through to the gardens, which are amongst the finest around and were designed in the 18th century by John Veitch, a foremost landscape designer of the time.
Pick up the coast path
The South West Coast Path stretches the entire lengths of the South and North coasts of Devon and Cornwall, and beyond. These well plotted and maintained routes are easy to join from key towns and villages along East Devon’s Jurassic Coast and in summer there is a bus service designed to make the walks more accessible. For some of the closest routes, try striding out from Sidmouth or Budleigh Salterton at any time of year for beautiful views of the red sandstone cliffs and far-reaching costal and country views. Here there are also always good pit stops to be found, whether pub, cafe or restaurant is your choice.
Haldon Forest Park
Just the other side of Exeter is Forestry Commission managed Haldon Forest, a vast expanse of woodland very high above the city and sheltering Exeter from the ‘wilds’ of Dartmoor. There are numerous walking and cycling trails through the forest, some with very rewarding views. For guaranteed good views go to Haldon Belvedere (open Sundays and bank holidays), a former rich man’s folly now popular for weddings. On a clear day you can see for miles from the roof.