GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Blackdown Rings

1 miles (1 km)

This walk visits an ancient Iron Age Hillfort and viewpoint in South Devon near Loddiswell.
As well as its archeological significance the hill fort commands fine views over the area from its 185 metres (607 ft) high summit.
You can start the walk from the reasonably sized public car park off a country lane just south west of the site. From here you can follow footpaths north east up to the hill top. The area includes some picnic benches where you can relax and enjoy lunch with a view.
Flora and fauna are also in abundance with pretty bluebells in the spring and buzzards to look out for overhead.
You could extend the walk by heading west and visiting the Andrew's Wood Nature Reserve. It's only about 15 minute walk from the car park and has some nice woodland and heathland trails to try.


TQ7 4EA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Blackdown Rings OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head south and you enjoy some pleasant waterside paths along the River Avon and through Woodleigh Wood in Loddiswell.
In nearby Aveton Gifford you can enjoy some lovely trails along the Avon Estuary Walk.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Devon Walks page.


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Compass plinth on Blackdown Rings

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Patchwork country view from the top.

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Looking along the northern section of the Iron Age rampart towards the Norman motte and bailey area in the northwest corner.

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Bailey rampart and ditch. Taken in the western side of the ditch surrounding the earthwork rampart which encloses the Norman bailey. The rampart consists of a steep-sided bank up to 8m wide and 2m in height.

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Photo taken from the Norman motte, with the bailey and, to the right, the Iron Age bank within which it was built.

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Picnic Area with the Arundell Charity plaque on the rock.

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Andrew's Wood Nature Reserve- this reserve is very close to the hill and a nice place to continue your walk. This open area is in the western part of the reserve

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Andrew’s Wood Nature Reserve. The reserve is in the care of the Devon Wildlife Trust and is a mixture of woodland, grassland and heath mire. This open area is near the entrance.


GPS Files

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