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Saturday 11th March, 10:30am

Start at Blackbury Camp Hill Fort CP (OS Explorer 115, SY 188 924) 6 miles

"Blackbury Camp Hill Fort"

I survived last Sunday's hail storm and gale force winds so that, as promised, I can tell you what I found on my recon walk.

There is much to irritate: mud, styles, mud, steep climbs, mud, slippery slopes, mud, fallen trees, mud, water, mud, mud and water …, and oh yes a river to ford!, BUT also much to inspire: the well preserved remains of a 4 BC Iron Age Hill Fort, extensive views across the Devon countryside, long level woodlands, quiet country lanes, maybe a promiscuous bluebell or two, (don't worry there is a very large photograph of Blackbury's blubells on display in the post walk tea-room!),  And then we tumble out of a thickly wooded hillside to be confronted by a most photogenic view of Southleigh village and its 13 Century church nestling in the hillside, across the valley, with seats in its churchyard!

On our return, there?s even a 21 Century puddle provided for boot washing, before we retire for convivial refreshments at the nearby Honey Farm Education Centre and Cafe, where the very reasonably priced tea is made with 'pure rainwater', and you can buy honey, cosmetics, and candles and learn to be a bee keeper!

Since we are indebted to Emma Hellier,  DSCC PROW Officer,  for arranging the clearance of a blocked path especially for us, it would be ungrateful not to take full advantage, don't you think? So I hope you will be able to join me for this Saturday saunter. No dogs and no hailstones, please.

Chris Buckland 


  1. 2015-16 Walk Statistics

  2. Printable Summary (pdf) of Walks from the 2017 Winter Newsletter - (January - April 2017)

  3. Aims and Objectives for the OVA Walk Section by the Walks Organisers


OVA walks are normally open to all, members and non-members alike, and are free.

Some events including Friends of the Commons events need to be booked. 



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29th March 2017

“A Daffodil Walk”

Monday, 3rd April, 10:15am - WALK View

3rd April 2017

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Saturday 8th April, 10:00am - WALKView

8th April 2017

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Wednesday 12th April, 10:00am - WALKView

12th April 2017

“Coast and Country”

Saturday 15th April, 10:00am - WALKView

15th April 2017

“Over the hills and Far(a)way”

Wednesday 19th April, 10:00am - Jane Austen themed WALKView

19th April 2017

“Sense and Sensibility”

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22nd April 2017

“Colmer’s is watching you!”

Wednesday 26th April, 10:00am - WALKView

26th April 2017

“Circumnavigating Budleigh Salterton”

Saturday 29th April, 10:00am – WALK View

29th April 2017

“A Bluebell Walk”