2.8 of 5 (20 votes)

Umberleigh to Portsmouth Arms in the Taw Valley

A leisurely walk (countryside) starting and finishing in Devon, England, about 10.50km (6.52 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 167m (547ft)
Descent 130m (426ft)
Max. Elevation 170m (557ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 297m (973ft)
Distance 10.50km
Duration ~3:15h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 18 Sep 2014
Another Tarka Line walk from the Tarka Rail Association, this time along the northwest stretch of the line. From Umberleigh, the route takes you along some of Devon's famous winding lanes between the two stations, with a pub stop along the way. A short section on a busy road means its only suitable for well-controlled families! Note that the train only stops regularly at Portsmouth Arms on Sundays, so save the walk for that day.

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Take a train along the Tarka Line to Umberleigh.
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From the station, walk to the end of the road and turn left. Keep heading down the road past the Post Office.
About 0.21 km (~0.13 miles) from
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Cross over the railway line and follow the quiet lane as it weaves alongside the tracks.
About 0.62 km (~0.39 miles) from
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Continue along the road through Brightley Wood.
About 0.92 km (~0.57 miles) from
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At Park Farm, turn right along the bridleway as it winds uphill.
About 1.42 km (~0.88 miles) from
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At Spycott, turn left and head up the lane towards Chittlehamholt.
About 1.25 km (~0.78 miles) from
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Stop at the Exeter Inn for some food or a drink: www.theexeterinn.co.uk
About 1.32 km (~0.82 miles) from
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A footpath near the pub takes you downhill to another of Devon's country lanes.
About 0.75 km (~0.47 miles) from
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Follow the lane down to Presbury, where you take the bridge over the River Taw and the railway once more.
About 2.28 km (~1.42 miles) from
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Take care along the short section that uses the A377 to the station.
About 0.33 km (~0.21 miles) from
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Finish at the Portsmouth Arms station for the train home. There's a pub here too if you're still thirsty.
About 0.74 km (~0.46 miles) from

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