Mutters Moor - Ladram Bay - Otterton - Mutters Moor

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Mutters Moor - Ladram Bay - Otterton - Otter Valley - Mutters Moor

At the start of the walk, superb coastline views are balanced by inland vistas across the valley. As the walk continues, dramatic rock outcrops are encountered, with seabirds nesting in the hollows. Turning inland, the village of Otterton is reached. This was an important centre at the time of Harold II, which passed into Norman hands after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The water mill dates back to these times, being mentioned in the Domesday Book. In addition to refreshments, there is an art gallery, a crafts shop and a working water mill. More details are on their website www.ottertonmill.com

The walk now joins the banks of the River Otter. Much conservation work has been done in recent years, including a Fish Pass (just after Point 10) and otters are returning to this habitat. It's now time to get some exercise as the walk climbs up through woodland to Mutters Moor. Apparently, the Mutters were an infamous gang of smugglers who sometimes buried contraband on the moor. Going back further in time, Seven Stones (Point 18) is the site of a Bronze Age stone circle.

England - South West England - Devon - Countryside

Features

Birds, Cafe, Gift Shop, Great Views, Moor, Pub, Public Transport, River, Sea, Woodland
29/04/2018 - Michael IAnson

I led a group of nine ramblers around this walk on 24/4/18 and we all enjoyed it very much. We were on holiday, based in Exmouth, so we took the bus to Otterton and started the walk there, walking 'anti-clockwise'. This allowed us to make a short diversion to Colaton Raleigh to enjoy a lunchtime beer at Otter Inn there. It was a pity that some of the better views were obscured by sea mist but we particularly enjoyed the section along the river back to our start point and bus back to Exmouth. Overall, a very pleasant day out.

13/08/2016 - Rosemary Tooze

We did this walk on a fabulous sunny day last week and thoroughly enjoyed it. Great mix of long coastal views, riverside and heather moorland. Otterton itself is a pretty village, as well as the refreshment options mentioned it has a community shop. The caravan site at Ladram Bay also has a lovely looking cafe which welcomes walkers. Walk guide was fine, even we couldn't get lost on this one! For anyone not wanting to use their car we were surprised to see the Sidmouth Hopper Bus stops at the walk start point.

07/09/2013 - KAY SWIFT

Excellent varied walk which includes wonderful views from a coastal path and a lovely long riverbank walk. Easily accessible free car park and clear instructions. Well worth a score of 5/5

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