Newton St Cyres River Walk

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The walk starts at the Beer Engine Public House and then follows the winding country lanes through Newton St Cyres, on into the countryside. The views along the way are great, with wide open fields all around and with complete silence apart from the moo of the cows or the singing of the birds. Further along the lanes you enter the village of Langford. Once in the village, follow the marked footpath through the gate and down a narrow, overgrown path through several fields full of wildlife.

Along the route there are some stiles and little wooden bridges over small streams, then it passes through several more fields. One strange field to cross is full of crops which can grow very tall, leaving it impossible to see the other side and in parts you can disappear under the crops before emerging at the other side. Once through, beware - there is a railway level-crossing open to the rail lines, so take care with children and pets.

After reaching the junction of the second wooden bridge and stile and for an optional shorter walk, cross the stile and follow the river back to the lane.

If you stick to the main walk, cross the bridge and follow the winding river for a short way, then walk back through the fields, finally reaching the country lane which goes back to the Beer Engine Pub and Brewery.

The pub was originally a railway hotel, built around 1850. Today it is a pub and micro-brewery which was established in March 1983; it has a purpose-built three-barrow beer-plant. This produces its normal range of beers like the Rail Ale, Piston Bitter and Sleeper Heavy. The only tied house is the Beer Engine with a few local outlets. Check out the menu at the Beer Engine; it has a full selection of food which complements the real ale.

England - South West England - Devon - River Walk


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, River, Wildlife
7/21/2021 - Katherine New

Did this walk early on a hot day in July. A proper wild walk with butterflies, dragonflies, mayflies, a wren, a bird of prey and some unusual flowers. At the moment there are two places beside the river with trees across the path (reported to DCC). I made it more like 4.5 miles.

8/28/2020 - Paul and Tracy Dawson

Maybe after 12 years or so this walk needs a bit of a revamp? Starting with the title? It's only a river walk if you do the supposed shortened version, but at 4 miles long surely that is the shortened walk length? If you 'stick with the main walk' the enclosed footpaths from WM 12 to 14 are now unfortunately overgrown and the route down to the brook at WM 15 completely impassable, we headed back up to the main road. If the overgrown areas are sorted out it'd be a decent walk, but at the moment I'd advise the river side route.

1/29/2009 - Walkingworld Administrator

John has put in new instructions now so we hope this has made it all much clearer now. Please always remember to take the Walkingworld map to accompany the instructions.

1/12/2009 - Karen Spring

Myself and friend completed this walk on Sunday 11th Jan 2008. We had problems with the directions right at the start. 'Several metres' actually is several hundred and the first half of the directions are really confusing and difficult to follow. It isn't just me because we had to stop at some cottages in winscott and ask if we were heading in the right direction for Langford which isn't even signposted and the man said we were the second lot of people that week trying to follow this walk. I would also like to say the mileage is incorrect it is at least a mile longer if not more than is stated.   

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