This wheel-friendly stroll is shortened section of the wheel-unfriendly and longer Two Pubs riverside walk, and is great for those who need to take a pushchair or have younger ones who want to practise riding their bikes away from traffic.
The walk follows a chunk of the old Sidmouth to Ottery railway line and there is much evidence of the old track with bridges still present today. This makes the route straight and flat and fairly well surfaced.
It’s best to park in Tipton St John’s car park (donations), by the river bridge, and walk away from the river, past the garage, shop and pub. You then take the Hayne Hill turning on the right, signposted to Harpford. Here you will walk a short way without pavement before taking the track on your left onto the old railway line.
The path goes through Harpford Woods and there are opportunities to leave the main track and explore further, but none of these are suitable for those with wheels. If you remain on the main track you will eventually emerge close to The Bowd pub near the main Sidmouth road.
There are lots of spots for picncis and play along the way before you retrace your steps to the beginning. In Tipton there’s a lovely play area and a hidden beach if you want to explore a bit more!