Blackdown RIngs

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Blackdown Rings

The peaceful wooded Avon Valley, rich in wildlife and wildflowers, is a blissful spot. Explore the vale on this walk, with the river for company, taking in the superb Iron Age hillfort and sweeping views of Blackdown Rings.


Start Blackdown Rings car park
Distance 6.25 miles
Circular Walk? Yes
Grade Moderate

Footpaths and green lanes, reasonably even underfoot but muddy in places in wet weather; surfaced roads.

Obstacles and steep gradients

No stiles; no steps; 1 steep ascent.


This route is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Refreshment stops

Hazelwood House. Cream teas, lunches (bookings only). Just off the road from Blackdown Rings to Gara Bridge. Use upper and lower drives to loop back onto walk route. 01548 821232.


Nearest public toilets at car park in Loddiswell.


Blackdown Rings car park. Free.


Please contact Kingsbridge Information Centre on 01548 853195 or visit

Other facilities

Public payphone at Gara Bridge: 30m on left from where the return path meets road.

OS map Explorer OL20
Grid reference SX718519


1. To visit Blackdown Rings hillfort, go through kissing gate from car park and bear round to left.

2. To continue with walk, return to car park and turn right along road.  At the next junction turn right.  Bearing left follow the road down to Gara Bridge.

3. Turn left by the bridge. Turn right after 200m onto public footpath in front of Hothole Cottages. Take left fork once in woods.

4. Where path rises and meets the road, turn right. Road passes over a small bridge. At the following junction turn right over a dry bridge signed 'Diptford Cott', Diptford and Moreleigh'.

5. Just past a left turn, turn right in front of Willowbrook along the lane towards Broadley. Walk through farm and along green lane following the river, ignoring left turns up Wheeldon Lane and Secret Hill.

6. Walk through courtyard of old mill to the road. Turn right, and then, just over the bridge turn left. Follow the road back uphill.

7. Bear left at the junction at the top of the rise and return to the car park.



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