Haddon Hill - Bury - Wimbleball Dam - Haddon Hill

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This walk starts and finishes at the Frogwell Lodge car park, provided by the Exmoor National Park Authority. It boasts toilets, an information board and a picnic table. You soon reach the highest point of the walk at the Hadborough triangulation point and will have superb views over Wimbleball Lake and to Exmoor beyond. The trees of Haddeo Valley where you are now heading, curve below you as you begin the long downhill section. From Haddon Farm the sunken track heads down to Bury, giving glimpses through the trees of the valleys either side.

Bury is a delightful village and the chocolate-box scene at the ford is one to linger over. You leave the village and join the path running sometimes alongside the river and at others above it. This is a very peaceful section of the walk and occasional logs by the side of the path make ideal resting-points to sit and watch the birds or gaze into the fast-flowing water. You know you are at the end of the river section when you leave the trees and pass the trout farm. Fishermen can gaze over the hedge at the ponds and dream.

A short section of quiet road follows, before you are back on the path and very soon begin to gain some of the height you have lost; gently at first, although there is a short steep section just before the dam. If you have struggled through mud on the bridle-path down to Bury then there is a good chance you will be rewarded by a spectacular outflow from the dam.

After the dam you begin the final section uphill back to the car park. If the going gets too tough, have a break and look behind you as the views open up once again of Wimbleball Lake.

England - South West England - Somerset - Exmoor

Features

Birds, Great Views, Lake/Loch, River, Toilets, Woodland
30/05/2016 - Nick Sugg

Walked this walk on may 31st 2016.Well described in terms of directions.One of the best I have done fom WW. Beautiful views of lake and a lovely woodland river section past the trout farm.The dam was really interesting. Will definitely do again. Probably best after a spell of dry weather as there is a long downhill bridleway which could be muddy.

05/08/2013 - Roger Tong

One of my favourite walks summer and winter

02/07/2013 - Alan Sturges

Superb walk. Stunning views. Woods, River, Ford and a Dam. Good paths, good parking. A Must do walk.

20/12/2012 - stephanie elvins

thanks for the warning - will avoid

17/07/2011 - Becs Cane

Got lost right from start, walk needs to be reviewed and corrected....I got talking to some locals and when I showed them my directions they said a lot of the points have gone, trees, gates etc. Was very disappointed as I had a wasted long journey. I do think that walks should have the date they were posted as part of the heading as old walks can change.

21/09/2010 - Adrian Perkins

Many thanks to Roy Davenport for his updates for this walk. September 2010. Adrian (Admin)

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