Woodland Trust Huxham Brake is a quiet, mostly coniferous woodland with lots of wildlife, especially in the deciduous edges. Hilly and muddy, it can be challenging to find your way through, but it is lovely for a peaceful nature filled walk. 



Little Devon Huxham Brake Woods Walk, East Devon

A walk through a towering coniferous woodland with meandering paths and a surprising short interval through a field with an impressive view.

Huxham woods, just 3 miles from Exeter, is a beautiful loop especially in the low light of winter. It’s perfect for little legs that like to explore a woodland and get very muddy – it might be a bit tricky for the really little ones though!

The brief walk through the field a third of the way through offers gorgeous countryside views, reminding us why we love where we live. The Outdoor’s Group also host their forest school here so you may be lucky enough to spot the kettle boiling, but unfortunately (and understandably) the equipment is only for their use.



Photo: Lewis Clarke https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3774019 


Mid Devon Forest Plan

The Mid Devon Forest Plan area is made up of four separate forest blocks totalling 249 hectares in Devon. As forest blocks set within the intimate wooded valley landscape they have very high natural and landscape diversity and value.

The forests managed as part of the public forest estate stretch from Oldridge in the west, 1 miles from Tedburn St Mary, through Whitestone and Stoke Woods to Huxham Brake in the east all on the outskirts, and within 2 miles of Exeter.



Walking to Huxham Brake from Pennsylvania or Stoke Canon

 Clyst Valley Walk 1 Exeter to Killerton

Distance: 9.6 km or 6 miles one-way. Option of return via bus (No. 1 Service), or retrace route (for a total of 12 miles).

Time: Approximately 2.5 - 3 hours in one direction.

Summary: From Exeter (Pennsylvania and University Campus) to Killerton. Much to see including: nature, wildlife, history and archaeology. Fine views over Exe, Culm and Clyst Valleys. Walks ends at historic Killerton House and Park (National Trust) where refreshments are available.

A very varied route. Some on surfaced paths and tracks. Some on unsurfaced footpaths. Some sections on quiet country roads. One short section on busier minor road. Several moderate hills. A few sections can be muddy following wet weather, so stout footwear advised. Some gates, no stiles. Not suitable for Buggies/wheelchairs.


 You can get the bus to Pennsylvania Road on the P Redhills to Pennsylvania service to start this walk from the south. Huxham Brake is 1.8 miles from the junction of Pennsylvnia Road with Belvidere Road and Argyll Road

Pennsylvania Pensylvania Road (NW-bound) – bustimes.org

  You can get the bus to Stoke Canon on the 55, or 155 services from Exeter to Tiverton to start this walk from the north. Huxham Brake is 1 mile from Stoke Canon.

Stoke Canon Post Office (NE-bound) – bustimes.org

Stoke Canon, opposite Post Office opp – bustimes.org

Walking to Huxham Brake from Pennsylvania or Pinhoe

 Exeter COSY Routes 

Eight circular routes around the city, making one full 26.2 mile marathon distance.

The Exeter COSY Route project is a community wellbeing and dementia awareness initiative created for Exeter Dementia Action Alliance to signpost people of all abilities to routes on the edge of the city where they can walk and run. Whether you take on this challenge over months, weeks, days or in one strenuous go, you’ll see the city as never before, and complete a marathon in doing so.



 Turn right at the junction of Argyll Road and Pennsylvania Road for a short walk to the bus stop.

Pennsylvania Pensylvania Road (NW-bound) – bustimes.org

 Pennsylvania Road via Stoke Hill and Beacon Hill to Pinhoe - 3.75 miles

With return via Beacon Heath and Mincinglake Valley Park 6.5 miles. Thanks to route sponsor Green Tree Court care home.

The start of this walk passes just below the highest point in Exeter at the top of Stoke Hill, once the site of a Roman signal station. From this elevation, the route descends through quiet footpaths, fields, tracks, and stretches on roads without pavements. There are scenic views at Beacon Hill by St Michaels and All Angels Church, a descent to Harrington Lane. You can return to the start via Mincinglake Valley Park.



 Turn right on to Harrington Lane to catch the bus to the city centre. Huxham Brake is 2 miles from Harrington Lane

Pinhoe Harrington Gardens (W-bound) – bustimes.org

Pinhoe Bradfield Road (W-bound) – bustimes.org

   Other buses may be taken from Pinbridge Mews or the Heart of Oak

Pinhoe Pinbridge Mews (W-bound) – bustimes.org

Pinhoe Heart of Oak (SW-bound) – bustimes.org

  Pinhoe Railway Station has trains to Exeter Central and Exeter St David's every hour

Pinhoe Railway Station (W-bound) – bustimes.org

Walks From Exeter

Keep healthy in Exeter by using walking and cycling. Get buses to find new walks when it is safe to do so. Exeter is full of relaxing or energetic walks.

  • Stroll by the River Exe and the Exeter Ship Canal
  • Train for a marathon by walking or running the Exeter Cosy Routes
  • Visit the green lungs of Exeter by walking Exeter's Green Circle
  • Look for wildlife on the River Exe Wild Walk
  • Go farther by cycling the Exe Estuary Trail or walking the Exe Valley Way and the Devonshire Heartland Way

Use this site to plan your walks, look at the Covid19 data on the Devon Dashboard, listen to the science and exercise your personal responsibility as well as our body and mind.

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