Polehouse Lane with Scenic Views

Polehouse Lane with Scenic Views

DISTANCE: 1.5 miles (2.5 km)
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Long hill and steep descent
PATHS: Country lanes and steep fields

DOGS: On a lead when walking along roads and if sheep or cattle in fields. Remember to close gates
PARKING: Available in the village
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Walk Summary

Marvellous all-round views as you walk uphill. Traffic noise decreases and you can leave behind the bustle of everyday life and enjoy the agriculture seasons around you.

Directions

Walk past the War Memorial keeping the curly-wurly bridge to your left and continue along Old Ide Lane.  Pass through the bollards by Pole House and turn right into Polehouse Lane.  Climb steeply for approximately ¼ mile until you reach a large gateway on your left from which great views of Exeter can be seen.

Continue up the hill and you will shortly reach a way marked footpath on your right, offering panoramic views across Haldon hills and Whitestone.

Follow the footpath down through the field reaching a stile on your right.  Cross this, keeping the hedge to your right, crossing more stiles en route.

Go through the latch gate and turn left onto the track bed of the old railway line.  Follow this until you reach the village car park.  Take the pathway to your left and you will join High Street.  Turn right and follow the road back to Ide Community Shop.

Points of interest

The Memorial Hall is managed by trustees and was completely updated and refurbished in 2018.

Old Ide Lane was called Ide Lane before the A30 was built and was the route to the village of Alphington.

Sculphers Photography once housed a busy smithy, as indicated by its weather vane.

Cherries Close was built on the site of a demolished garage and car hire premises.

Pole House was a dairy farm and sold cream which was passed through the little sliding hatchway seen in the wall.

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Ben Ervine