Windmill Walk – Broadclyst.


http://www.devonheritage.org/Places/Broadclyst/Broadclyst-TheWindmill.htm


This lovely circular walk starts from Elbury Lane in Broadclyst. It is reasonably short and very child friendly, whilst still feeling like you’ve had a change of scene!  There is a free carparking area opposite the garage, and the footpath is immediately after this on your right. The windmill (without sails) is visible across the fields for a lot of the walk.


This walk is all on footpaths and lanes and whilst not difficult underfoot it would be tricky though not impossible with a buggy. There are dog bins en route. The footpath continues alongside farmland for some way, until you reach Sandy Lane. Turn left and walk to the end of the lane.


Keeping all farm buildings on your right, the footpath continues to the left into a wooded area. There are fantastic views all around, across fields and of grazing livestock. Plenty to keep children engaged and interested – you could print off some spotter sheets such as these if you wished to have a focus for your walk.

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At the end of this footpath, you emerge back onto Elbury Lane. There are no pavements and though very quiet, it is not traffic free, so care needs to be taken. The windmill and it’s cottage are here on the left with a fantastic view. Sadly it is not open to visitors – you could visit Killerton’s Clyston Mill instead!


There are toilets and snacks available in the centre of Broadclyst at the post office/shop. The nearest pub to this walk is The New Inn, found by turning right out of Elbury Lane and continuing round the bend a short way. It is a lovely welcoming place with CAMRA membership and traditional pub meals. 

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