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Far-reaching views Historic church Free range eggs Village war memorial
2Go straight across the track to a stile about 25m ahead with another Two Moors Way marker and a badge denoting “Queen’s Walk, 1926-2016”, commemorating the Queen’s 90th birthday – I suspect she hasn’t walked it! With the Bishop, the Queen and the feathery rooks in the fields, it’s rather like walking through a chess game.
Cross the stile then keep ahead, walking down the field with the boundary to the left and big views ahead. Way in the distance a stand of wind turbines is visible. At the bottom of the field go through a metal gate and turn left, downhill on a muddy track.
‘With the Bishop, the Queen and the feathery rooks in the fields, it’s rather like walking through a chess game’
In less than 100m the track reaches a gate, beyond which you cross a small stream to reach a two-way fingerpost at the fence corner. Follow its direction to the right, passing beneath two solitary oak trees and reaching a wooden gate in the hedge in 100m. Walk straight across the next field, as arrows direct, towards the far boundary, where you find a gate beneath oaks. Pause to enjoy views back to Morchard Bishop and its church, then follow the hedged track beyond the gate. The track passes through an ornately-handled gate. Beyond this ignore a byway going right and keep straight ahead, still on the Two Moors Way and following the track past a few isolated houses at Woodgate.
3The track begins to rise after Woodgate Cottage and in just under 300m reaches house at Weeke. Keep ahead until you reach the road, then turn right. In about 50m the Two Moors Way goes left along a track beside a bungalow.
Follow the track, its early good surface gives way to muddier conditions. Stay on the track until it passes through a metal gate into a field. Walk through the field, hedge to your right, approaching woodland – which isn’t shown on the map.
In the field corner a yellowarrowed post directs across a plank bridge and through a wooden gate into the woodland. Turn right after the gate and follow the path with the trees to your left and glimpses to your right of fields beyond the boundary. Near the end of the wood a house becomes visible through the trees, shown as Slade on the map. ‘private’. Don’t go through any gates but turn left, walking uphill with the trees to your left and Slade over the hedge to the right. This is no longer the Two Moors Way and is an officially re-routed footpath.
In about 150m yellow-arrowed steps on the right lead up into a field. Walk diagonally across the middle of the field to the far corner, slightly uphill with undulating farmland views behind if you stop for a breather.
In the corner, go through the yellow-arrowed gate then walk through the next field with the hedge to the right. This was once a hedged track but is now open field. In about 200m you find a large gap in the hedge on the right where yellow arrows may be obscured.
Pass through this gap then continue in the same direction, now with the same hedge to your left. In 100m the hedge bends left, follow it as it goes right again in another 50m. When the hedge ends keep ahead, passing barns on your left to reach a multiarrowed post.
5Turn left, walking past the front of the barns, from which we were observed by many inquisitive cows who had a gentle chat with us as we passed. Mind the dog doesn’t startle them!
At the end of the barns keep ahead in the same direction, passing a two-way fingerpost and now following a bridlepath. This passes a pair of thatched cottages and continues clearly.
Ignore any gates to left or right and stay with the track for almost a mile, passing an occasional house, until it emerges onto the lane at Oldborough Cross opposite cottages with a post box in their wall
6As the track emerges ignore an immediate left turn and keep ahead along the lane signed for Morchard Bishop, ¾ mile away. The lane passes attractive houses as it approaches the village. Ignore a right fork in 350m and keep heading for Morchard Bishop. In another 250m the lane reaches Frost Cross.
Field paths and crossing the field towards an obvious gate and fingerpost, passing a lone tree to your right. Up to the left, the church tower is visible through the trees.
When you reach the gate onto the lane don’t go through, instead turn left, still in the field and now walking uphill with the hedge over to your right. The hedge comes in to meet you at a corner, continue up beside it until you Simone Stanbrook-byrne and James Clancy have produced a selection of West Country guides including: Favourite Walks in Devon, Circular Walks in the South Hams, Circular Walks in East Devon, Circular Walks in Central Devon, Circular Walks in North Devon/exmoor, A Dozen Dramatic Walks in Devon, Town Walks in Devon. culmvalleypublishing.co.uk/01392 881513