The Ancient Woodlands
Hartland via Pattard Wood
In January the little snowdrops stand bravely in great numbers. In early spring both Beckland wood and the Hartland Vale are carpeted with bluebells and primroses, followed by the wonderful coloured patchwork of wild garlic, red campion,gorse and masses of foxgloves with their myriad spikes standing sentinel throughout them all.
This is a gentle short walk taking you through some attractive
woodland and along the wide Abbey River valley.
It returns by passing under an old road bridge with an old mill close by. Watch for signs of the old mill leat as you walk along to where the stream crosses under the track.
The walk finishes by gently climbing through woodland back to the village.
Abbey River valley, old mill and remnants of its leat, ancient
Start Grid ref: SS 259 244
Distance: 2.3 miles, circular
Height gained/lost: 64 metres, generally an easy walk
Highest Point: 116 metres
Lowest Point: 67 metres
Eating Places: Hartland
Time required: 1hr 20 min, plus stops