The River Avon

near Silverton Bridge

Loddiswell and the Middle Avon Valley

A beautiful leafy walk following the amber waters of the River Avon through classic English woodland, starting and finishing in the tranquil village of Loddiswell.


Start Loddiswell car park
Distance 3.5 miles
Circular Walk? Yes
Grade Moderate

Surfaced roads and paths; green lane, with some erosion in places; country and riverside footpaths. Slippery, muddy stretches in wet weather.

Obstacles and steep gradients

4 stiles (2 can be bypassed); 2 flights of steps; 1 steep ascent.


This route is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Public transport

For information on public transport in South Hams please call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit

Refreshment stops

Loddiswell Inn 01548 550308. Avon Mill Garden Centre Cafe serves lunches, snacks, drinks; 01548 550066.


Public toilets at Loddiswell car park.


Free parking in Loddiswell car park.


Please contact Kingsbridge Information Centre on 01548 853195 or visit

Other facilities

Post Office, village stores and pay phone in Loddiswell.

OS map Explorer OL20
Grid reference SX720487


1. Turn left out of car park and left again.  Follow the tarmac lane to the left of the church.

2. At Ham Butts go straight on towards Reads Farm.  Just before the farm, bear right onto a public footpath.

3. Follow the path alongside the stream, and turn left at the bottom, to follow the riverside footpath.

4. Cross the river at the old railway bridge, and turn right along the path which follows both the route of the old railway line and the river.

5. Turn right at the road, by the old railway station.  Pass under the railway bridge then turn right onto public footpath along the river.  At the road, turn right over the bridge and follow the lane up hill.

6. At the second left hand bend, take the second right up the rough track.  Fork left past the drive entrance to Cloverwell Farm.

7. Turn left at Ham Butts.  Follow the lane past the church and back into the village.  Turn right after the post office, and then right again into the car park.



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