West-East: Stage 3: Aylesbeare Common – Sidbury (7.5 miles)
Contrast the heathlands of Aylesbeare with the River Otter and take in panoramic views at Fire Beacon Hill Local Nature Reserve and East Hill. The villages of Newton Poppleford and Sidbury offer well earned refreshments.
East-West: Stage 5: Aylesbeare Common to Woodbury Castle (3 miles)
This leg falls entirely with the largest block of lowland heath west of the New Forset – the Pebblebed Heaths – locally known as ‘the Commons’. Enjoy the sense of wilderness and you might just be lucky and spot a dartford warbler or ruddy darter!
Public transport: Start/End: Joneys Cross bus services include 52A, 52B and X53. End/Start: 52B service for Sidbury. End/Start: 56, 56A service in Woodbury Village nearest to the Castle.
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By car: Start/End: Parking free at Joneys Cross car park (EX10 0BL), on A3052 opposite RSPB Aylesbeare Reserve. End/Start: Free car park off Ridgeway Road behind Sidbury Parish rooms (EX10 0SN), signed from village centre. End/start: Parking free on Pebblebed Heath Conservation Trust car park at Woodbury Castle, (EX15 1JJ).