Monday, 28 September 2009

New Walk- Newton Poppleford in East Devon

There is a new walk on, the Newton Poppleford Circular. I created this walk partly to highlight the East Devon Way, an often overlooked long distance path and partly because I like the name of the village!

Newton Poppleford was established in the 15th Century and the name roughly translates from old English as New Town (of) Pebble Ford. The Pebble ford was at that time the only way to cross the nearby River Otter. Today it is situated on the main road from Exeter to Sidmouth. I think this is a lovely village that is typical of the pleasant villages you get in this part of the county.

The East Devon Way is a 40 mile path between Lyme Regis and Exmouth. Although there are a couple of climbs the route is not overly challenging and I believe it could make a nice weekend trip with an overnight stay in Sidbury.

The section of the East Devon Way that features in this walk includes the section over Harpford Commom. This is part of the pebble bed heaths that includes Aylesbeare Common. It is home to a rich selection of wildlife in particular there are over 30 species of butterfly. If you are vesting in late summer be sure to look out for brimstone fritillaries.

I hope you enjoy the walk and please keep an eye out for more great Devon Walks coming soon.

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