West Hill is known as a ‘woodland village,’ and is easily reached off the A30. There are lots of footpaths and woods to explore, with the river walks of Ottery St Mary and Tipton St John close by too.
This 2km stroll is perfect for getting out into the countryside when you haven’t got too much time or you have mini explorers with you so don’t want to go too far. The footpaths are all fairly flat and well surfaced, although as there are stiles and gates it’s not buggy or wheelchair suitable.
On road parking is available on Bendarroch Road (near the church is good for this walk), and the number $ bus runs regularly through the village. As this walk is circular you can head in either direction, but we started by heading away from the church passing School Lane and Moorlands on the left and taking the footpath on the right signposted ‘West Hill Court Farm’.
This long lane takes you past several fields of grazing horses and past farm buildings on your right. At the junction with other footpaths (all clearly signed), take the footpath to your right, heading through a silver gate and slightly downhill. This path wends down to more open fields, where you take the footpath to your right again and head alongside a private woodland (the bird song and wild life are brilliant!).
As you pass some driveways to your right, continue straight on to the footpath markers, and take the right hand path, over a little bridge and uphill (the only stepp incline on the walk) to emerge back onto Bendarroch Road.
Head right to pass the church and re-find your car or the bus stop. There is a shop in West Hill but all other services are in Ottery St Mary nearby.