Tiverton is a good base for walkers of all tastes, ages, interests and abilities. There are country walks, canal walks, wild walks and historical town walks. We at Howden House B and B are regular walkers and can advise you and lend you various books and maps to guide you.
Tiverton Library and the Tourist Information Centre at the Tiverton Museum have details of the regular guided walks available.
Here are a few of our suggestions.
This walk is 3.75 miles if you take the route in one of our walk books, but you can make it as long or as short as you would like. Starting from a small parking area on the edge of Withleigh (4.2 miles from Howden House B & B) this walk takes you through three areas of National Trust woodland and along the valley of the River Dart, which joins the Exe at Bickleigh. We do a regular 2.5 miles circular walk at the Buzzards and there are a number of photographs posted on the Howden House Bed and Breakfast Facebook page.
The Cadeleigh Circuit
You begin this walk on the Cadeleigh road out of Bickleigh (3.5 miles from Howden House B & B). Follow a small lane and then a track past Cadeleigh Court with lovely views over this unspoilt valley. Follow the lane up to the village of Cadeleigh, where you’ll find the Cadeleigh Arms, a very pleasant traditional pub owned by the village. From here you take the lane signed to Seven Crosses. You then cut back using the footpath across fields – gradually up and very steep down – and eventually follow the River Dart along the track back to Bickleigh, where you can stop for lunch or tea at Bickleigh Mill. This is just under 5 miles, and can be lengthened if you wish.
Grand Western Canal Country Park
3.5 miles but again you can go as far as you like and it’s 12 miles to the far end at Holcombe Rogus.
You can join the canal at various points (we can advise you – the closest to Howden House B & B is 1.8 miles). This walk starts along the towpath and is flat and easy. There is a short spell on a country lane and the return is by the disused railway line – a branch line of the Great Western Railway used by the famous Tivvy Bumper, who now lives at the Tiverton Museum.
This is a glorious walk that starts at Bolham and takes you through the Knightshayes Estate (National Trust House and Gardens). Take the road signed to Knightshayes but turn left towards Hayne, Home Farm and Marley. Wind up here till you reach a farmyard at the end where you turn right along a track. This takes you to a gate into fields. Follow the footpath signs along the top of these fields and enjoy the beautiful views to your left. You will come out onto a second track leading to another farm. Turn right once you meet the drive. You are now walking through typical Devon farmland and part of the Knightshayes Estate, with views in every direction. Turn right to join the back drive of Knightshayes and National Cycle Network cycle ride 3 You will pass the impressive walled vegetable garden at Knightshayes and after that the Stables Restaurant, where you can stop for lunch or a cup of tea. Bear right onto the main drive, turn right through a metal gate towards the cricket ground and pavilion of Tiverton Heathcoat Cricket Club Bear right before reaching the pavilion (though visitors are very welcome at the club should a match be on) and turn left at the fence ahead of you. This will take you down a path, along the back of some cottages to meet the Bolham road. Turn right onto this road to reach your starting point.