Gentle Ramble Through The Village

Gentle Ramble Through The Village

DISTANCE: Longer 0.8 miles (1.28 km) – Shorter 0.6 miles (1.04 km)
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Not difficult, wheelchair accessible
PATHS: Made up roads and pathways

DOGS: Not allowed on The Green
PARKING: Available in the village

Walk Summary

A typical mix of Devon thatched cottages and newer infill buildings. The picturesque village retains a primary school, three pubs and a Community Shop and Post Office.


This walk starts from the Ide Community Shop.

Turn left and walk along Fore Street.  Many houses show signs of having been shops and businesses in the past.

Continue up High Street. Opposite the Congregational Church, turn right, taking either the steps or the slope to pass through the peaceful Coronation Gardens.

Follow the footpath through The Hams to the village green.  St Ida’s Church is on your right.  At this point either carry straight on to the top of the road and turn left into Station Road or wander through St. Ida’s churchyard, joining Station Road slightly further on.

Turning left, follow Station Road to the mini roundabout and walk back down High Street to Fore Street, passing both the Poachers and Huntsman Inns.

Points of interest

In the past, Fore Street included a blacksmith, butcher, slaughter house, an inn, a bakery and general store, a dairy farm and pig unit.

Coronation Gardens replaced the site of the Mill Pond.  The Old Mill was once a working corn mill using the leat and mill pond to turn its wheel.

The houses on The Hams were built after the Second World War and won an award for good design and use of materials.

At the end of the village green was St. Ida’s Vicarage, later demolished for houses to be built on the site.  Some very old yew trees can be seen in St. Ida’s churchyard.

Cobb House was previously called Bearaden and owned by a doctor who had his surgery at one end of the house. While being developed into four residential units, part caught fire during the building work.

Ben Ervine