The parish offers some wonderful sights and sounds for all levels of walker. On this page we present maps and guides for the 6 documented walks we have.
We hope you enjoy our local walks and countryside. Our parish way warden is Luke Roberts. If you should encounter any problems or notice something which needs repair (eg a broken stile), please contact Luke via this website. Enjoy yourselves and please follow the Countryside Code.
Walk 1 – Broadhembury – North Hill – Steep Stile
A short stroll, ideal for a summer evening or Sunday afternoon. At first it is gently uphill, then equally gently back downwards again.
From Broadhembury village centre walk down to the river Tale, cross the bridge and turn right. Follow this lane past some picturesque thatched cottages and look for a stile on your left opposite Hembercombe Farm.
Follow this footpath in a straight line across two fields towards Bowerwood Farm, passing the farm on your right. Keep close to the hedge on your right in the next field and then pass through a little wood to reach the final field. Keep straight on the same line to a stile ahead. All the way up these fields if you are out of breath just turn around and pretend you are looking at the splendid view across to Hembury Fort and further around to distant Woodbury Common.
Over the stile and turn left down the stony track to the end of Bridleway 2. Keep straight on down the lane to the cross roads at Hembury Court Barns. Turn left. After ¾ mile, look for the Steep Stile on your left. This has been used by generations of Kerswell and Dulford families as they walked to school or church in Broadhembury.
When you have climbed the stile keep alongside the left-hand fence to the copse. At its further end, you strike out half-right across the field. As a guide, aim at the white house just below the treeline up ahead on Hembury Fort. If you get it right you will come to another stile in the hedge lower down the field, then bear left along the edge of the bottom field to the final stile. When you reach the road, turn left to return to the village centre.
Walk 2 – Broadhembury – North Hill – Gliding Club – Golden Lane – Stafford Hill
A superb walk with magnificent views. Firstly uphill, then a flat mile or so and finally down again. This walk is a ‘must’.
From Broadhembury village centre walk down to the river Tale, cross the
bridge and turn right. Follow this lane past some picturesque thatched cottages and look for a stile on your left opposite Hembercombe Farm.
Follow this footpath in a straight line up two fields towards Bowerwood Farm and then pass it on your right. Keep close to the hedge on your right in the next field and then pass through a little wood to reach the final field. Keep straight on the same line to a stile ahead. All the way up these fields, if you are out of breath just turn around and pretend you are looking at the splendid view across to Hembury Fort and further around to distant Woodbury Common.
When you cross the stile at the top of the fourth field, turn right. As you gain further height, there are lovely views across to Broadhembury village. Keep on this path through two metal gates to the edge of the Gliding Club field at the top. Bear right towards the large beech trees and the club buildings.
You will pass between the caravans and glider boxes and round the back of the clubhouse and large sheds. The path becomes a tarmac road and bears right, over a cattle grid. Stay on this road, which is the vehicular entrance to the Gliding Club – and also a public bridleway.
At the end you will join Golden Lane where you turn right. You are only on this road for a short distance before you see the start of Bridleway 1 on your right. Go through the gate and along the wide grassy track. Where it turns left through another gate, stop to enjoy the outstanding view.
The route is clear – flat at first then it drops and goes between trees to a metal gate. Walk straight across the sloping field to a gateway opposite. In the next field, keep the fence on your right and go through the lower of the two gates ahead. It is right in the bottom corner of this field.
The path now changes to a narrower track between fences with fields on your left and steeply sloping woods on your right.
When you come to the road turn right for a downhill walk of over a mile, back to where you started. A pleasant little diversion at the end is to walk through the churchyard and pause at the church porch to look across the village. The lane will take you back down to the Drewe Arms. Wasn’t that an excellent walk?
Walk 3 – Broadhembury – Lane End – Long-Go Lane
An easy walk along lanes and tracks. Lovely views of nearby hills. As Long-go is a bridleway, it is also suitable for riders.
From Broadhembury village centre set off in the slightly uphill direction, noting Broadhembury House on your left. At the fork in the road bear left for Sheldon and Dunkeswell. Walk for half a mile to Lane End Cross and turn left.
Follow this lane past Ridge Farm and Lane End Farm. When the road bends to the right, follow the signposted Bridleway 22 which leads slightly to the left.
Cross the river Tale and continue slightly uphill. The track then turns left to become Long-go Lane. Do not go straight on (The Burma Road) as this is not a public right of way. Long-go is suitable even for sturdy pushchairs in good weather, but this is not recommended in the monsoon season.
Long-go Lane is about 3/4 mile in length. Enjoy the views to the left, up towards Hembury Fort and later over to Broadhembury church tower. The lane then meets a track coming down from Bowerwood Farm and the two merge to become a road. This will lead you back to the village, past some delightful thatched cottages, the playing field and the ford.
Turn left over the bridge and you are back where you started.
Walk 4 – Broadhembury – Colliton Cross – Upton – Hamburg Hill – Beer Hill
Almost entirely on minor roads and lanes, this walk is a welcome change when footpaths are wet and muddy or when hedgerows and lanesides are looking their best with wildflowers
Leave Broadhembury village over the bridge and straight along to Causeway End. Turn left at the crossroads and follow this road to the T-junction where you turn right. You will have The Grange on your right.
Look for Footpath 21 on your left. This gives you an option to the road alongside which it runs. At the end, cross the A373 with care and look for Footpath 21 in front of you. This takes you to the left, but on the safe side of the hedge. Don’t be tempted by the wide grass verge beside the main road – it disappears before the road reaches a dangerous bend.
A short distance into the path’s second field you come to a minor road, which you follow to the right in the direction of Upton. You are now out of the parish… but never mind! At the next crossroads take the left-hand turning signposted for Hembury Fort.
This quiet lane takes you gently uphill back to the A373. Before you cross, there is a pond on your left. Turn round here and admire the panoramic view. Cross the main road and follow the unmetalled road opposite (in places it hardly merits this description). This will bring you down beside Beer Farm and on to a road. Turn left to return to the village.
Walk 5 – Kerswell – St. Andrew’s Wood – Dulford
An easy walk along footpaths and quiet lanes. Good open views in various directions, but especially of the Blackdown Hills.
Start from the phone box in Kerswell and walk past White Goose Cottage to Matthews Cross. Take the right fork signposted for Kentisbeare. You will see the Kerswell Priory fishponds on your left.
After 1/2 mile take Footpath 9 on your left, through a gate and over two stiles.
Where the footpath joins the Kerswell Priory drive, keep straight on, up a sunken lane and then a minor road, where you bear left.
Cross the A373 with care and proceed along the road opposite for just over b mile to the two fords at St.Andrew’s Wood. After the second ford, turn immediately left. About 300 yards along here, look for Footpath 11 on your left. Follow the waymarks across the fields to Dulford. Some parts can be a bit squelchy after heavy rain.
At the main road turn right and walk along the pavement to the crossroads. Cross the main road here and follow the Kerswell sign.
Where this lane bends left, follow Footpath 13 along the edge of the field by the tree line. At the top, cross a stile and follow exactly the same line in the next field towards a hedge corner. As you drop down beside the hedge towards the rooftops, look for another stile at a narrow gap in the hedge. Climb this stile and follow the path round to the right and back down to the phone box.
Walk 6 – Kerswell – Marsh Green – Upcott – North Hill – Windwhistle
The first half of the walk is gently but steadily uphill; the last mile is downhill all the way. Some excellent viewpoints en route.
Leave Kerswell on Footpath 7 which is behind Haymans and next to South View Cottage. This leads to Marsh Green where you keep straight ahead with houses to left and right.
The track now becomes a path, over a sleeper bridge and in between hedges. Climb a stile and cross the field, then follow the waymark along the corner of the next. Keep to the edge of the third field and look for a stile in the hedge on your left. Into this final field and keep to the edge for about 30 yards, then when the hedge bears
righg walk straight on towards the gate in the hedge up ahead.
At the road turn right and proceed to a minor crossroads at Hembury Court Barns. Turn left. You will pass a farmhouse on your left. Go straight on to Bridleway 2. This soon becomes a stony and tree-lined track, but further on it opens out to give excellent views to your right.
Keep going until you reach the 2nd metal gate which ison the edge of the Gliding Club field. Turn left and then very quickly left again to join Bridleway 24. It runs alongside the perimeter fence. Keep your eyes open for gliding activity.
As you reach the corner of the field look for a gate on your left. This path drops, bends right, dips, then rises to another gate. Go through this and turn right and after 50 yards, turn left onto a wide, clear track. This will lead to the end of Bridleway 24 and a road. Turn left.
The bad news is that it is now road all the way back. The good news is that it’s downhill all the way! It is steep at first. Soon after the road bends to the right, take the
left fork past Hill House. As you drop down towards Kerswell you have good views ahead of the hills beyond Cullompton. Further left you can see the Haldons and distant Dartmoor. When you pass Windwhistle Cross you will soon be back where you started.
The information on the Footpaths page was devised by Geoff Rickson on behalf of Broadhembury Parish Council. A great deal of help was given by Ros Davies of the Devon Rights of Way team.
Reproduced by kind permission of Ordnance Survey