Wayward Wanderers Walking Group

Tedburn St Mary and nearby

August 15, 2010, prb, Comments: 1

For reasons that one can only guess at, Wayward Wanderers has never before, to my knowledge, walked in the Tedburn St Mary area.   That omission was rectified with this walk, so full marks to Sara-Jane for devising the route from scratch.   A healthy number of group members assembled on the main road through the village by the Kings Arms, numbers being swollen by one or two occasional walkers and two prospective members, Kathleen and Derek, whom we welcomed.

Our route was wholly on the north side of the village.  We struck off down a lane off the main road a short distance from the pub, but very soon we took a footpath off to the right to meet another lane.  Turning left here we passed a few dwellings on our left and then took the track to the right leading towards Great Fairwood Farm.   


Initially open, before long the track went through trees, but then we came to a bridge over a stream.  Once over this we turned right onto Lillybrook Lane, and continued southwards through wooded terrain.  Just before the main road we moved into open country again, veered left and started climbing slowly to Little Fairwood Farm. 

Past this we took a left and continued towards Spicery.   We then had an all-too-short downhill  stretch to a brook, just before which we paused to view the ponies in the field alongside........

............ crossing close to the south-eastern corner of Oldridge Wood.   Then things started getting tough as we climbed up the other side of the stream valley.   This climb proved punishing, the afternoon having warmed up and become quite humid.   After a pause for refreshments and photos, though, we eventually made the summit at Tomhead Cross.  Here we joined the Oldridge Road,
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 .........and took this lane as far as the isolated hamlet of Oldridge, pausing there to take a look at the small chapel.  We were just in time to attend the 3pm service there, had we wanted to, but decided we had other priorities.

Turning left here the surfaced lane degenerated into a rough track  shown as a permissive route on the map.   We took this and continued generally downwards enjoying the fine views to the north and east as we went.  After about a mile we joined a lane running parallel with the River Culvery, turning left onto it.  This lane seems to provide a link between Crediton and Tedburn St Mary, and now we were heading towards the latter.  

After about a kilometre we turned to the byway network again, taking an inclined left to the west of  Blackalder Wood, and onto a bridleway which crossed..........

..........and then ran parallel to the Lilly Brook.


Having passed Blackalder Wood, the track moved onto open farmland before taking to the woods again, this time at the western edge of Oldridge Wood.    Our route turned away from the wood at its south western corner, where we crossed the brook again as we approached Frankford Farm.  Here we came to another stream crossing, this time one that looked familiar - we had passed this way on our outward leg.

The remainder of our walk retraced most of our outward route back to Tedburn, apart for the last few hundred metres where we took a slightly different route back to the cars.  By now we were all gasping.  We were therefore relieved to find that the Kings Arms was still open.   The majority of us called in for a drink and rounded the afternoon off with a pleasant half hour in the beer garden.  One or two of us took advantage of the pub's recent admission to the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, sampling some very well kept local draught bitter.

Our thanks go to Sara-Jane and Tony for devising and leading this walk in what is a new area for us, and for ordering some fine weather for it.  The walk extended to 6.5 miles. 

The route has been uploaded to GPSies, and can be viewed at

http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=wgfhuuuyzkodrxhl





Comments: 1

JosephHele
October 09, 2014

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