bwfblack

 

British Walking Federation

OKEHAMPTON & BELSTONE WALK PERMANENT TRAIL ORGANISED BY THAMES VALLEY WALKING CLUB

CONTACT: Di Renton, 10 Fernside Park, Tremar, Coombe, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 5HY
Tel: 01579 344281    Email:
k9r@btinternet.com

DISTANCE: 12km
ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques made payable to Thames Valley Walking Club)
AWARD: Cloth badge at £2.50 each
START VENUE: Belstone Car Park, Devon EX20 1RB (Map191 GR SX621938)

Alternative start - Okehampton Station or Post Office.
DIRECTIONS TO START: Take A30 from Exeter and leave at Okehampton junction, sign posted ‘Okehampton B3260’. At T-Junction Turn Left sign posted ‘Belstone’, passing services on left. Take second turning on right sign posted ‘Belstone ¾’. Cross cattle grid and continue to reach Belstone where car park can be found on Left opposite Village Hall.
CAR PARKING: At start venue
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Train service to Okehampton Station. Bus service to Okehampton Post Office.
TERRAIN: Urban areas, minor roads, woods and riverside paths.

ROUTE DESCRIPTION (Updated 29 Oct 17)

Leave car park and turn left on road. Follow road ignoring left hand turn and bear right through village. At village green take right hand fork passing Defibrillator Box on your right.

Q.1 What is the name on metal sign above door on building to the right of  Defibrillator Box?

At fork bear right passing  The Brackens on right and in 350m. Turn first left onto Bridlepath sign posted to West Cleave. Go through a set of three gates (one wooden and two metal) and ahead for 350m to wooden gate with way marker on it. Go through into field and ahead to gap in boundary by corner of wall. Ahead to wooden gate (slightly to right).

Go through gate and bear slightly right follow wide grassy track ahead for approx 150m. Where the bracken ends, turn left downhill for 35m and take narrow grassy path to right down hill to river.  

Cross bridge, turn right and follow riverside path taking care on slippery rocks. Follow path to fork with yellow way marker, take left hand fork up hill away from river to reach wooden gate. Go through gate continue on this path  for approx 500m  ignore right fork to reach Public Footpath sign on left. Ahead through next wooden gate and a metal gate, ahead on Bridlepath between farm buildings onto tarmac road over river bridge.

Q.2  On Foot Path sign on right. Where does the Public Foot Path go to?

Continue up hill to cattle grid continue ahead to road junction. Turn right downhill pass 16% road sign. At corner of bend ahead to go through left hand gate (Public Bridleway) with trees on right, down hill, when trees bear right continue straight on path to bottom corner, turn right with gorse hedge on left to reach Public Footpath sign. Turn left through kissing gate to cross foot bridge over A30. Turn left signed Public footpath then onto tarmac road. Continue down hill under railway bridge (Railway Station  on your right Cafe & Toilets).  Turn left pass faded 20mph signs to road. Cross road to kissing gate through gate down hill with fence on left to road by metal seat. Ahead for Approx 75m to footpath sign. Turn right signed Castle Okehampton down hill to reach wide grassy, area bear right passing Old Town Park Information Board on left to boardwalk and gate to path, follow to reach wooden seats on right.

Q.3 Where did the Victorian Water Pumps come from?

Continue ahead passing Workhouse Cell Door on left to road straight ahead  to reach Post Office on left. (Straight on across road into Red Lion Yard to Coffee at Grants comfy seats and Dogs allowed in and Licensed.)  Use crossing on your right, turn left follow road round to right to cross Station Road. On the side of The Free Masons building is a Foundation stone.

Q.4 When was the Installation Day?

Continue ahead and go through gates into Simmons Park. Follow the main path to end (ignoring all side turnings) and  passing large white house on your right, to reach bridge (steps to right).

Turn left across bridge and turn right onto path, through a gap in the hedge (Platt Meadows sign on left). In approx 400m the path turns left at the end of the playing field to reach a wooden bridge (Kempley Bridge). Cross the bridge and turn right to join track to Ball Hill Footpath. Through gate follow for approx  900m to reach Pumping Station and gate.

Q.5 What is the name of Pumping Station?

Turn Left on road to junction, ahead for 30m. Turn Right under two bridges follow for approx 750m to pass riding stables on left. Ahead up hill just before second telegraph pole.

Turn left through gate into field  (note Footpath sign in hedge)  ahead through metal gate continue to corner of hedge to reach style in far left corner, cross style follow way marker to top left corner with Bristol gate and road. 

Turn Left on road to Higher Priestacott on right. Turn right through gate on footpath signed Belstone. Ahead take left hand gate follow footpath through the following : gate, style, 2 gates, style, 5 bar gate. Follow path on left hand side of field to gate continue to reach 2 gates to road.  Turn left, passing Stocks on right and retrace your steps back to Car Park.

When you have completed this trail please use the Permanent Trail Entry Form

The organisers are not liable for accidents, thefts and/or damage to property. Every effort will be made by the organisers to make this a safe, enjoyable and memorable event.

This trail is registered until 31 December 2018