Ayleston Brook


The handsome and friendly market town of Modbury hosts a great little walk offering wide open views across South Devon, the rich life of Devon hedgerows, and echoes through history from the English Civil War.


Start Poundwell Meadow car park, Modbury
Distance 2.75 miles
Circular Walk? Yes
Grade Moderate

Fairly even underfoot. Field footpaths, with some muddy sections; green lanes; surfaced roads.

Obstacles and steep gradients

11 stiles; 1 flight of steps; 1 steep ascent; 1 steep descent.


This route is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Public transport

Bus service 93 from Dartmouth, Kingsbridge, and Plymouth. For information on public transport in South Hams please call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit www.traveline.org.uk.

Refreshment stops

Several pubs, cafes and restaurants in Modbury.


Public toilets in Brownston St. From car park return to main street, cross over and up Brownston St. Toilets 50m on left.


Poundwell Meadow car park. Pay and display.


Please contact Modbury Tourist Information Centre 01548 830159 or visit www.modburytic.org.uk.

Other facilities

Public payphone at car park. Variety of shops in Modbury.

OS map Explorer OL20
Grid reference SX658515


1. Walk through car park away from town and bear left by recycling facilities onto public footpath. 

2. At the waymarker post go straight on over stone stile and through field across stream.  Turn left up lane.

3.At the junction cross and follow public footpath up old green lane.

4. Follow left hand field edge.  After 100m, turn left over two stiles then cut up over brow of hill to right.  Cut across next field to left, then skirt farm to the right.  Turn right through metal gate along hedgebank.  At next waymarker cut across field to far left corner.  Follow next field edge and cross a further field, dropping down to right.

5. At the road, take the green lane opposite and to the right.  Just past the bridge over the stream at the bottom, turn onto public footpath through fields.

6. Cross the footbridge and continue along field edge.  Where path meets green lane, turn right.

7. At the road turn right past the church.  Turn left at next junction and follow lane back down to car park.



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