4.3 of 5 (5 votes)

Exton to Topsham - an Avocet Amble

A leisurely walk (countryside) starting and finishing in Devon, England, about 8.80km (5.47 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:30h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 68m (223ft)
Descent 56m (183ft)
Max. Elevation 70m (229ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 124m (406ft)
Distance 8.80km
Duration ~2:30h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 29 Dec 2014
This walk starts and finishes at stations on the Avocet Line, which runs from Exeter to Exmouth. It's a gentle wander from Exton to Woodbury, then via an RSPB reserve to Topsham. There are good views across the Exe Estuary for parts of the walk. More walks on this line are available here (look for the link to download a PDF): www.avocetline.org.uk/places-to-go-and-things-to-do/walking-cycling-and-ferries/

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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OS Grid SX980863
Start at Exton station. Walk up Station Road past the Puffing Billy pub.
OS Grid SX986864
Cross the main road and join Rydon Lane. Look for the footpath on the right-hand side.
About 0.58 km (~0.36 miles) from
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Cross the footbridge and follow the path alongside the brook.
About 0.51 km (~0.32 miles) from
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The path leads to a lane on the edge of Woodbury.
About 1.24 km (~0.77 miles) from
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This is a delightful little village and worth pottering about in for a short while.
About 0.56 km (~0.35 miles) from
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Go past the church and turn left into Oakhayes Road.
About 0.32 km (~0.2 miles) from
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At Shepherds Park Farm, turn right and follow the lane into Ebford.
About 0.66 km (~0.41 miles) from
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Turn left here to continue into Ebford.
About 1.31 km (~0.81 miles) from
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Follow Lower Lane into the village of Ebford and turn right at the end.
About 1.16 km (~0.72 miles) from
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Take the path opposite, passing by Greenvalley Nursery. Turn left when you reach the river.
About 0.39 km (~0.24 miles) from
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Cross over via the railway bridge. There are viewpoints cut into the fence to allow you to peek into the RSPB reserve: www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/b/bowlinggreenmarsh
About 0.31 km (~0.19 miles) from
OS Grid SX971878
Continue alongside the railway line into Topsham. You will need to go under the bridge at the edge of the village to join Bowling Green Lane.
About 0.47 km (~0.29 miles) from
OS Grid SX966884
Cross back over the railway via the bridge to follow Elm Grove Road to the station.
About 0.69 km (~0.43 miles) from

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