Newton Abbot - Wolborough - Bradley Woods - Newton Abbot

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A circular town and countryside walk to explore a bit of church history. I've classed it as moderate because there are a few steep hills and a bit of scrambling in the woods.

Background: the Reverend William Yeo MA was the rector of Wolborough Parish in Newton Abbot. On the passing of The Act of Uniformity in 1662 his conscience forced him to resign his living. To avoid the persecution rife in those troubled times he met his sympathising parishioners in Bradley Woods for worship at The Puritan's Pit. Later a chapel was built at 51 Wolborough Street in Newton Abbot at which he became the minister and the founder of Nonconformity in Newton Abbot.

This walk visits the parish church of St Mary the Virgin, Wolborough and The Puritan's Pit where William Yeo preached. The chapel in Wolborough Street is now a shop.

The walk starts at Newton Abbot Railway Station and steadily climbs through housing and parkland to Wolborough Hill, with lovely views of the area towards Dartmoor. Then it descends to the parish church of St Mary the Virgin, Wolborough, continuing downwards to Bradley Woods and the site of The Puritan's Pit. The wood can be muddy and slippery and a walking-stick is recommended. From The Puritan’s Pit the walk returns past Bradley Manor (National Trust) and into Newton Abbot passing the bus station and returning to the railway station.

England - South West England - Devon - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Public Transport, River, Toilets, Woodland

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Distance away
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15.6 Miles