A walk with plenty of variety, plus great views from Otterton to Ladram Bay
Wed Jan 16 00:00:00 GMT 2013
- Start: Roadside parking Otterton Fore Street SY080853
- End: Roadside parking Otterton Fore Street SY080853
- Country: England
- County: Devon
- Type: Beach
- Nearest pub: King’s Arms; Otterton Mill’s café/restaurant; Ladram Bay café/restaurant (seasonal)
- Ordnance Survey: Ordnance Survey Explorer 115, or Landranger 192, or Harvey’s SWCP 6
- Difficulty: Medium
This gentle 3Â½-mile walk starts at a working watermill and follows a cliff-top route with fabulous views to to Ladram Bay.
A walk with plenty of variety, plus great views of the Jurassic Coast, from Otterton to Ladram Bay
This gentle 3-mile walk starts at a working watermill and follows a cliff-top route with fabulous views to to Ladram Bay.
The circular walk follows a coast path, farm track, riverside paths and quiet lanes.
Distance: 5.6km (3 miles)
Time: 2 hours
Terrain: Coast path, field and riverside paths, quiet lanes. Some ups and downs, but no long or arduous slopes
Child/dog-friendly: Suitable for dogs on leads and older children
Start: Roadside parking Otterton Fore Street SY080853
Maps: Ordnance Survey Explorer 115, or Landranger 192, or Harveys SWCP 6
Refreshments: Kings Arms; Otterton Mills caf/restaurant; Ladram Bay caf/restaurant (seasonal)
PublicTransport: Stagecoach 157 Exmouth/Sidmouth and 357 Exmouth/Budleigh Salterton routes. 0871 2002233, travelinesw.com
1 Park carefully in Fore Street near Otterton Mill. With your back to the mill, walk east past the Kings Arms, following the leat upstream past typically Westcountry 16th- and 17th-century thatched cottages with external chimney stacks and garden walls built with local flints. At the top of Fore Street, turn right into Lea Road. At the end of Lea Road, turn left at the T junction. Turn almost immediately right into a path Unmetalled Road. Continue ahead on the path. After 450m, join a farm track, which soon takes a 90Ëš left turn. At the end of the track, turn left along a lane. Continue for 100m and fork right and almost immediately right again along another narrow lane which ends at a house. Continue ahead on the Public Footpath to a kissing gate. Turn right along the Public Footpath, keeping the field hedge on your right.
2 Turn left at the end of the field, signed Coast Path Ladram Bay. The impressive succession of cliffs begins with Ladram Bay and its red sandstone seastacks. Peak Hill is next, with Sidmouth beyond. The line continues past the white chalk of Beer Head to Golden Cap, with Chesil Beach and Portland Bill in the far distance. Continue through a kissing gate at the far end of the field, signed Cliff Top Route Provided by Ladram Bay Caravan Park. At the far end of the next field, follow the short path ahead down to a lane. Either divert right to see the beach, or leave the Coast Path here, turning left, then after 20m (just before the telephone booths and caf) turn right along a track. (Please note that the path is marked on the 2005 Explorer map as a lane, but it is not fit for trafficnow.) After 200m, follow the path as it bends 90Ëš left. Continue uphill to Sea View Farm.
3 Turn left along the lane. Then, after only 30m, turn right, signed County Road along a green track. After 400m, keep left at a junction, then at a T-junction of paths, turn left, signed County Road.
4 Reaching a tarred lane turn right and almost immediately left, signed Public Right of Way Rydon Lane. Continue ahead and downhill towards the river Otter. Turn left up four steps to a kissing gate. Follow the bankside path through fields parallel to the river Otter. Continue through a kissing gate and continue ahead down an enclosed path into Otterton, an Old English settlement name meaning farmstead on the river where otters live, and they still do!
A short diversion right brings you to Otterton Mill. One of the three largest mills in the county at the time of Domesday Book (1086), it later became the manor mill for Otterton Priory. Apart from closure in 1959 and its re-opening as a working museum in 1979, Otterton Mill has been in constant production for over 1,000 years.
There is a great deal of interest at the mill (open daily 10-5), including the millmachinery; craft workshops and an art gallery displaying a wide range of media including ceramics, painting, photography, glass, textiles, wood and metal. There is also the award winning caf/restaurant and the bakery which uses the mills own flour, as well as art, craft and cook shops. See ottertonmill.com for special events including milling days and concerts.
Nearby, St Michaels church retains its medieval priory tower. Next to it is the priory, the remains of the Duke family house incorporating masonry from the medieval priory.
Points of Interest...
- Spectacular views along the Jurassic Coast into Dorset
- Ladram Bay with its red sandstone cliffs and seastacks
- A medley of historic thatched cottages
- Otterton Mill, a working water mill with art and craft displays
- Medieval priory church tower