DISTANCE: 2.5 miles (4 km)
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Hard, steep hills
PATHS: Way marked. Look for stiles. Two steep grassy footpaths. Muddy tracks in wet weather
A country walk that offers experience of the countryside around Ide and takes in West Town Farm where you can see replanted orchards and other farm activities.
This walk starts from the Ide Community Shop.
Continue along Fore Street and up to the top of the High Street. At the roundabout turn right down Station Road. Take the right-hand fork into Westown Road by Earles Court and continue, passing West Town Farm on the left.
Continue down the hill until you reach the stile on your left. Cross the stile and follow the uphill path by the left-hand fence. Take the gate at the top and turn left along the old railway track, passing the shepherd’s hut on your left.
Continue until you reach a gate, go through and take the gate opposite. Continue along the uphill path until you reach the kissing gate. Go through and follow the right-hand hedge to the stile halfway down the hill.
Cross the stile and continue down the hill to the kissing gate at the bottom. Turn left into Halscombe Lane, go through the Echo Tunnel and continue until you reach the Earles Court junction.
Turn right along Station Road heading back into Ide. At the mini roundabout take the left back down the High Street and retrace your steps back to the start of the walk.
Points of interest
Part of this hilly route takes you along the old Teign valley railway line (no rails!).
You can see the old boiler at the side of the track. The shepherd’s hut is typical of those used in the 1800s.
West Town Farm is a mixed organic farm and runs various activities for visiting schools and the wider community.
Echo Tunnel (it does echo), was the bridge that carried the railway line from Exeter to Newton Abbot.
The round hill, seen on the right of Halscombe Lane is thought to have been made from the spoil taken out for the railway cutting.