Tom Davies has already written about one of his favourite walks in the Upper Creedy Valley. Here he describes another route (4.5 miles, 2 hours) with glorious views, starting from Reedsdown Cross between New Buildings and Sandford.

Mauve dashed line shows main route, red dashed line shows extension route.

This walk starts from Reedsdown Cross on the Sandford to New Buildings road at NGR819035 where there is parking for 2 or 3 cars. Otherwise one can start at the village hall car park in Sandford (P) which will add 2.5 miles and another hour (PNM plus MNP).

Starting at (A) (Reedsdown Cross) take the lane on your right towards Gipsies Corner and at the junction (B) take the right hand turn which leads downhill to Jackbacks Cross (C). Here turn right continuing downhill to the Kennerleigh road at Stoneshill Cross (D). Turn left and in a short distance take the Dowrich road on your right at Coppice Cross (E).

When you reach Dowrich Bridge Cross (F) turn left and climb the short hill to the entrance to Dowrich Farm where you keep right on the East Village road.

View of footbridge over Lilly Brook.
Alongside the Lilly Brook

Carry on past Priorton Barton until you reach Lilly Bridge Cottage in a dip at (H). You must turn right here immediately before the cottage along a footpath, the sign for which is set 30m back from the road and thus difficult to spot.

Footpath emerges at Lilly Bridge Cottage.

Follow the footpath in the direction of North Creedy until you reach a collection of houses at (I) and then the public road at (J) where you need to turn left to North Creedy.

View over North Creedy towards Bembridge Farm.

In a short distance take the bridleway on your right at Rooks Court (K) and climb the hill to (L) on the Kennerleigh road. Turn right and then very soon left onto the footpath to Bawdenhayes Farm which will bring you to the public road at (M) where you turn right and back to the starting point.

Extend your walk

There are splendid views at all stages of this walk, and even more wonderful views may be had at the price of a short extension. This involves carrying on along the Newbuildings road from (A) to the lane to Middle Henstill at (Q). Through the farmyard at Middle Henstill (R) noting the very remarkable thatched ash house then continuing to East Henstill (S) and joining the public road at (T).

Turn right and soon take the footpath on your left at (U) which brings you to the Kennerleigh road at (V) at which point you turn left and continue as before to (E).

May 30, 2021

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