Powderham Castle and Estuary Loop

Jun 3, 2024 | Featured Articles, Moderate, Strenuous, Walks


Starts/Finishes: Powderham Farm Shop Car Park, Kenton, Exeter, EX6 8JQ

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Time: 1 – 1.5 hours

Distance: 3.12 miles

Elevation Gain: 204ft

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

Terrain: Field and marshland footpaths can be boggy after periods of rainfall. Quiet lane and tarmac mixed use path.

Parking: Free

Public Transport Access: 2 Bus from Exeter City Centre

Powderham Castle and Estuary Loop

Jun 3, 2024 | Featured Articles, Moderate, Strenuous, Walks

Deer peacefully grazing, wetland flowers in bloom, views from on high and up close along the estuary – this month’s walking route packs a wide variety in a short space of time.

(1) Head back out to the main road (A379) and turn right for a short distance along the footpath, (2) turning right again on Slittercombe Lane after 200 yards. Follow the lane around to the left and take the footpath marked route to the right (3) (this can be very wet after rainfall so if unpassable, take the second footpath on the right along the stream). (4) 

Continue over the bridge and enjoy the many water irises providing splashes of colour. 

Remain on the public footpath route by crossing over the track (5) (entrance to the Powderham Estate on the right is not permitted) and then start the moderate climb up through the woods, past a colourful display of rhododendrons.

The striking turrets of the Belvedere Tower will signal your arrival at the highest point of the climb. Here you can take a breather while admiring the views from this fantastic vantage point, looking across the estuary to Exton, Lympstone and Exmouth. 

When ready, begin the steady descent down into the Powderham hamlet. (6) Go through the gate and across the green, continuing along the quiet lane straight ahead towards the beautiful, Grade II listed St Clement’s Church.

Continue past the church to meet the Exe Estuary Trail, a multi-use route for walkers and cyclists. (7) Turn right onto the trail to follow it south, walking between the railway line and estuary on your left and the Powderham Estate on your right.

There are a number of unique habitats to observe, making up this Special Protection Area (SPA). Some of the trees are up to 400 years old, and thousands of migratory birds visit each year – we spotted a heron wading through the wetlands.

After almost a mile, you’ll see the River Kenn coming in from the right and, very shortly after, a gate and a public footpath sign. (8) Take this path through the field and hopefully you’ll be as lucky as I was to see the many deer grazing close to the fence.

(9) Turn right out of the gate onto the gravel track and follow back to the car park.

Relax and reward yourself by popping into Powderham Farm Shop & Bistro for some fabulous brunches and lunches from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Sunday, and browse a range of locally supplied goodies and gifts.

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