Clifton - East Down - Bugford - Shortacombe - Clifton

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Clifton - East Down - Mattocks Down - Bugford - Shortacombe - Clifton

Starting from a very attractive village pub, near the NT estate of Arlington Court, walk well away from the well-used and popular paths of that area into an area of lovely views, quiet woodlands and picture-postcard villages. This is not a hard walk and has the most amazing country views. It is also near Blackmore Gate, which was once the main livestock market of the area; also it was a station on the old Lynton to Barnstaple railway. There is now a very nice pub there too, The Station Inn. Also close to this area with more amazing walks is the Wistlandpound Reservoir.

England - South West England - Devon - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, National Trust, Pub, Wildlife, Woodland
6/16/2020 - David Fairchild

Regarding the overgrown bridleway at waypoint 8, this has now been brought to the attention of the Devon CC public rights of way officer. They have accepted that there is a problem & have promised to get it cleared. If anyone does the walk please comment on this lane so that if it us not cleared I can again remind them. As you can see from past comments is has been neglected for quite a while.

8/7/2019 - David Fairchild

Thanks for the comment Tom,sadly this is quite a common problem in summer when unused lanes & sometimes stifles become overgrown. I always carry a stick & wear long trousers to try to over come it, but, as you say, not always possible. To many paths & not enough people to keep it all clear.

7/13/2019 - Ted Keller

A lovely walk which my wife and I did on 3/7/2019. Be aware, the comment on the instructions at Point 8 mentions the 'overgrown lane'. This lane is completely overgrown now and access is Impossible. We carried on along the A3123 (very busy, be careful) to the first road on the left which takes you to Bugford. You can then pick up the walk from point 9:Grid ref:599433 'carry on down the very steep lane......etc. Always handy to have the OS map! Hope this helps and happy walking. Ted Keller

3/29/2016 - Martin Cannon

27/03/16. An enjoyable walk. We found the directions were very easy to follow and true. It is worth noting that the 'overgrown lane' between Ref: 8 & 9 is already very difficult and without clearing will be almost unpassable in a few weeks time. The boggy bit referred to in Ref: 11 is indeed very boggy at the moment but should hopefully dry out more as the weather improves. We would do it again and the Pyne Arms is well worth a visit

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