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.

Fact file:

Abbey River valley, old mill and remnants of its leat, ancient wooded valley

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

Toilets: Hartland

Eating Places: Hartland

Time required: 1hr 20 min, plus stops