This 4km walk is a lovely flat loop with lots to recommend it. It’s a great family walk but there are stiles, bridges and areas of rough ground so not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.
We started in Colyton, where there is free on-road parking along Dolphin Street near the start of the walk. You need to start the walk on the Colyton side of the river bridge.
Start from the craft centre and follow the signs through the yard to the River meadow behind. Almost immediately you will see a perfect paddling and play spot!
If you can tear yourselves away, to continue you walk you need to head to the footbridge over the river and cross, taking care to close the gates on either side.
Walk through this field, keeping close to the river. Another river beach appears almost straight away and this is a fab paddle spot too.
There are various play opportunities along this walk, including a magnificent tree for climbing and a fab rope swing over the water too.
You will reach a T-junction in the path, to the right is a footbridge to the play area, to the left the path fllwos the river (you have to go under an elevated pipe course). There is another river beach in the shade that provides a lovely shallow paddling place.
The path ends as you arrive in Colyford, and you emerge opposite The White Hart pub. Turn left and cross over the tram tracks before taking the lane immediately on your left, Crown Hayne Lane.
Walk past the entrance to the water treatment station, and take the first footpath on the left, crossing a stile to follow the footpath to the tram line. There are bridges to take you up and over the tram tracks, and the footpath is signposted across the fields.
Crossing a footbridge and following the footpath signs will bring you back to the climbing tree, from where you can retrace your footsteps back to your start.
This walk is about 4km as a loop, with the facilties of each village available at each end. Colyton is the larger settlement and has a central free car park with shops and toilets in normal times.