This lovely walk is short and fairly easy but with the benefits of feeling far from anywhere and having gorgeous rural views everywhere you look!
At under 3km it’s suitable for small children and families, but stiles and rough ground mean that its not wheelchair or buggy friendly. We parked by Barnshayes Bridge (SY038970) in Cobden, easily found via Whimple or off the old A30 near Rockbeare. There is a free layby for parking with room for 2 or 3 cars.
The walk starts by heading under the bridge and taking the signposted footpath and track to the left. This takes you though a farm and past some cottages before heading uphill. When you reach the lane at the top you turn right. This lane is open to traffic but it is infrequent and you can hear it coming for some way so it feels safe.
After passing a pair of thatched cottages, a stile and footpath sign will become visible on the right. Take a moment here to appreciate the views on both sides of the road – it feels like you are far from hustle and bustle, not moments from the M5 and a mainline railway!
The footpath keeps you to the right hand boundary of this field, and in the bottom corner, quite tucked away, is another stile which you need to climb to continue the walk. From here you can catch glimpses of Whimple village and hear the church bells. Keeping to the right as you cross the next field, you will emerge onto The Green and make your way back to Barnshayes along a very quiet small road.
Your walk here could be extended in lots of ways – heading into Whimple offers you a lovely village shop/mini cafe and 2 pubs to choose from, as well as 2 play areas and further footpaths.