Geo-Trips :: Footpaths around Broadhembury and the Devon & Somerset Gliding Club

A short walk around Broadhembury

A walk from Rhododendron Wood, Tue, 19 Aug 2014 by David Smith

A six-mile circular walk from the public car park in Rhododendron Wood, mostly along paths, passing the gliding club and visiting the village of Broadhembury. Added three more squares.

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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ST0906 : Broad Road through the woodland by David Smith
Broad Road through the woodland
The road is wide, or maybe once was. The surfaced road occupies only a part of... more

ST0906 : Sign for gliding club on North Hill by David Smith
Sign for gliding club on North Hill
There is a bridleway which runs along the edge of the gliding club airfield; this... more

ST0906 : The airfield (gliding) on North Hill by David Smith
The airfield (gliding) on North Hill
There is a bridleway which runs along the edge of the gliding club field; this... more

ST1006 : Bridleway on North Hill by David Smith
Bridleway on North Hill
There is a bridleway which runs along the edge of the gliding club field. Users... more

ST1006 : Footpath to Broadhembury from North Hill by David Smith
Footpath to Broadhembury from North Hill
This footpath through the woodland is a disused (or very little used) track

ST0906 : Field on south-west of North Hill by David Smith
Field on south-west of North Hill
Looking towards the Otter Valley

ST0905 : Path through woodland north of Bowerwood by David Smith
Path through woodland north of Bowerwood
A footpath from North Hill to Broadhembury runs through this area of woodland

ST0905 : Path to Bowerwood by David Smith
Path to Bowerwood
A public footpath from North Hill runs beside the hedge to Bowerwood and then to... more

ST0905 : Grazing sheep near Bowerwood by David Smith
Grazing sheep near Bowerwood
The field boundary, with trees and hedge, beyond the animals, is an old track to... more

ST0905 : Edge of a field near Bowerwood by David Smith
Edge of a field near Bowerwood
Field of grain, and rough ground at the edge

ST0905 : Path by field of grain, Hembercombe by David Smith
Path by field of grain, Hembercombe
Just outside Broadhembury village. This path follows the edge of a field to this... more

ST1005 : Long-go Lane, Broadhembury by David Smith
Long-go Lane, Broadhembury
The buildings on the right are part of Hembercombe

ST1005 : An awkward stile, Hembercombe, Broadhembury by David Smith
An awkward stile, Hembercombe, Broadhembury
The stile leads to a footpath up North Hill. However, the upright support is at... more

ST0905 : Track and house for sale, Hembercombe by David Smith
Track and house for sale, Hembercombe

ST1004 : Children's playground, Broadhembury by David Smith
Children's playground, Broadhembury

ST1004 : Ford and bridge on River Tale, Broadhembury by David Smith
Ford and bridge on River Tale, Broadhembury

ST0904 : River Tale at Broadhembury by David Smith
River Tale at Broadhembury
Seen from the road bridge. The Tale rises on the hills to the north-east of the village

ST1004 : Broadhembury war memorial by David Smith
Broadhembury war memorial
Erected after the First World War, it includes servicemen from WW2 and one name... more

ST1004 : Thatched houses in Broadhembury by David Smith
Thatched houses in Broadhembury

ST1004 : Broadhembury Cross by David Smith
Broadhembury Cross
Not a crossroads, but a fork between a road which climbs North Hill, and the one... more

ST1004 : Field entrance near Broadhembury by David Smith
Field entrance near Broadhembury
Looking north, across the valley of the infant River Tale, towards North Hill

ST1005 : Entrance to Stafford Barton by David Smith
Entrance to Stafford Barton
The three signs at the entrance advertise the herd of South Devon cattle, rural... more

ST1005 : Road junction at Lane End by David Smith
Road junction at Lane End

ST1105 : Track into Stafford Moor woods by David Smith
Track into Stafford Moor woods
The track leads off Stafford Hill, near Broadhembury

ST1105 : Footpath into Stafford Hill woodland by David Smith
Footpath into Stafford Hill woodland
Not shown as a right of way, but evidently well-used, this path leads off the road... more

ST1105 : Stafford Hill by David Smith
Stafford Hill
The top of a steep slope; the wide space between the banks is a sign that this was... more

ST1105 : Footpath from Stafford Hill to North Hill by David Smith
Footpath from Stafford Hill to North Hill
The path runs at the top of the woodland, following a contour round the head of a... more

ST1105 : Footpath near Hanger Farm by David Smith
Footpath near Hanger Farm
The path from Stafford Hill to North Hill runs along a level course at the top of... more

ST1106 : Hanger Farm and the valley of the River Tale by David Smith
Hanger Farm and the valley of the River Tale
The river rises in this valley and drops to Broadhembury, Escot, Taleford and... more

ST1106 : Former track to Barleycombe Farm by David Smith
Former track to Barleycombe Farm
This is marked on the map as the access track to the farm, but a newer route has... more

ST1006 : Devon and Somerset Gliding Club, North Hill by David Smith
Devon and Somerset Gliding Club, North Hill
Hangars are on the left, and the main runway runs straight ahead.

ST1006 : Hedge and cattle grid at entrance to gliding club by David Smith
Hedge and cattle grid at entrance to gliding club
This is the access road to the Devon and Somerset Gliding Club, North Hill

ST1006 : Commemorative plaque at the gliding club by David Smith
Commemorative plaque at the gliding club
The plaque marks the 60th anniversary of the Devon and Somerset Gliding Club,... more

ST1006 : Trees by the gliding club by David Smith
Trees by the gliding club
Two solitary trees and a stump close to the runway of the Devon and Somerset Gliding Club

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