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Terrain: Steep hills at the start then walking through level river meadows.
Refreshment: Royal Oak at Winsford
Map:- Explorer OL 9

View towards Dunkery

Road towards Bridgetown

Path beside the River Exe

River Exe

View over the Exe Valley

  Winsford to Bridgetown - Approx 5 miles

The Route: Start the walk from the war memorial in Winsford and walk towards the Royal Oak. Continue up the lane passing Karslake House on your right. Just before a bend turn left onto a bridleway sign posted Dulverton.

Follow the track up the hill between the banks and down into a valley on the other side eventually leading you into a wood. Here the path divides and you fork left crossing a stream signposted towards Summerway.

The route continues up through woodland finally reaching a gate at the top of the hill where you turn left onto a farm track sign posted Week Lane. After a short distance you reach another gate turn where you left here onto a tarmac lane.

Follow the lane for quite a distance down into the valley passing Week Farm and Week Cottage to your left finally reaching Bridgetown.

Just before the packhorse bridge in Bridgetown turn left onto a bridleway signposted Coppleham and follow the path along the banks of the River Exe through meadow fields and then follow a line of telegraph poles before reaching a wicket gate leading onto a farm track. Turn right and follow the track a short distance to a tarmac road where you turn right.

Follow the road over the bidge turning left again shortly after crossing the river onto the public bridleway signposted to West Howetown. The path shortly divides by some stables, turn left here and follow the bridleway towards West Howetown leading through meadow land and finally dropping towards the bank of the river and entering woodland.

Follow the signs up through the woods and along the edge of the fields to a gate onto a farm track. Here turn left and follow the track, which shortly becomes a road, back to Winsford.


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