Sidmouth Gap from Broxford
In the second of his blogs about his favourite walks, Tom Davies describes a 6 mile route from Sandford with panoramic views of the Creedy Valley and the Cheriton Fitzpaine area.

This walk uses quiet minor roads,good field paths and bridleways providing far reaching views in all directions.At one point this walk is close to the route of Walk 3 (Broxford Wood and Trew Woods) so it is possible to use parts of both walks to make a longer walk or a Sandford to Shobrooke linear walk.

Start at Sandford Village Hall car park NGR SS832 025 (A) and turn right along Fanny’s Lane to road junction (B)then turn left and walk along the road to(C) where there is a signposted bridleway on your right.

At the bottom of this track cross a footbridge over the River Creedy and take the signposted track on your right across a field towards the former water mill and leat (now a lovely garden). On reaching the road at the mill house turn left and after about 100m take the signposted track across a field on your right heading upwards towards Upton Hellions (D).

Upton Hellions Church

Just past the church (a small and interesting building) take the bridleway on your left and climb the track eventually leading to Brembridge Farm, formerly a huge and controversial intensive dairy unit set up by a Bahraini Sheikha.

Passing the extensive and largely empty farm buildings you will meet the road to East Village at (E) where you take a right turn and climb the hill to Broxford Wood.

Emerging from Broxford Wood

Shortly after passing  Broxford Cottage on your right take the track on your right signposted as a bridleway (F) soon turning left.

Broxford Cottage

Follow this track along the field boundary enjoying the extensive views before descending a very steep concrete section towards Haske (G) and a green lane,  eventually joining the road to Lower Creedy at (H).

Take a right turn towards Lower Creedy and then a left turn at (I).This road brings you back to the North Creedy road at (J) where taking a right turn you head towards (B), but before reaching (B)and opposite Venn Farm take the footpath on your left (K) back to the car park.


`Please remember to follow The Countryside Code.













Dec 7, 2020
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