Exe marks the spot

About this route

This walk follows a length of the Exe Valley Way in its middle section between Bickleigh and Tiverton. The stretch closely follows the east bank of the Exe, much of it through rich woodlands of oak and ash. It is a one-way walk, designed to be used in conjunction with the adjacent bus service.

Getting Around

Tiverton is well served by buses from Exeter and there are links to other towns in Mid and North Devon. For this walk take the Exeter bus service to Bickleigh; the walk then takes you back to Tiverton.

Bickleigh - pubs, refreshments, tourist attractions including farm shop, pottery, gifts, models; Tiverton - all facilities
6 stiles : almost flat
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OS Maps

Landranger: (1:50,000 scale) no. 192 Exeter and Sidmouth (South) no. 181 Minehead and Brendon Hills (North)
Explorer: (1:25,000 scale) no. 114 Exeter and Exe Valley

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Interesting information

Bickleigh is a very attractive location on the middle Exe. Bickleigh Bridge itself dates from the 17th Century, although it was much rebuilt in the 1800s. A popular local story is that it inspired the writing of the Simon and Garfunkel song “Bridge over Troubled Water” when Paul Simon was staying in the area.

Not too far away is Bickleigh Castle. The castle is actually a fortified manor house largely 15th Century in date but with parts possibly dating to the 11th Century.

Near Bickleigh Mill is Devon Railway Centre. This is based in the old station on the Exe Valley railway line, the station confusingly being called Cadeleigh although the village of that name is nearly 2 miles away. The Exe Valley branch opened in 1885 and the station dates from then. It closed as part of the Beeching cuts in 1963.

Bickleigh Mill has a farm shop, pottery and gift shop, together with refreshments and outdoor attractions. It is open every day of the year.

Further along the walk, you’ll come across a junction for Collipriest House. The house can be seen up on the right. Parts are early 18th Century, but the main front is dated 1778 and it has a very Georgian appearance. At various times Collipriest was the home of the Carews and the Blundells, important local families, the latter best known for their connection with the famous school in Tiverton.



Photo of flood water rushing beneath an old stone bridge at Bickleigh
Bickleigh Bridge Copyright Lewis Clarke

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