No 8 Footpath, Milber Lane Coffinswell

No 8 Footpath, Milber Lane, Coffinswell

No 8 Footpath, Milber Lane, Coffinswell

Walk Number 4 – No.8 Bridleway. Milber Lane, Coffinswell with option to walk
No. 4 Footpath to Milber Down Fort.
Distance: Approx. 5 kms (3 miles)
Time: About 2 hours (not a circular route – outward and return route identical)
Start your walk from the Linny public house and walk back through the village with
Princess Cottages on your right. Keep going straight past several pretty cottages
which are located directly on the road. At the telephone kiosk there is a seat, put
there by the villagers for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Pass the post box and telephone
on your right and follow the road down a steep hill (known as School Hill or Post Office
Hill). At the bottom of the hill follow the road round to the right and keep walking.
In about 250 metres, you will see the old well after which Coffinswell is named
(“Coffyn’s Well”) situated in a triangle of grass and shrubs.
Continue walking past a few more houses until you find a right hand turn which has a
cottage on the right and exposed Oddicombe breccia stone (approx. 2.5 metres high)
on your left. Follow this road until there is a split in the lane:- metalled road to the
right, unmetalled lane to the left. At this point you will see the bridleway sign, pointing
along the unmetalled lane.
Follow this lane, which has magnificent elevated views to the left including terraced
hills grazed by sheep and the village of Kingskerswell beyond. The lane continues for a
further 1.4 kilometres. On the way you will pass by the edge of the Zig Zag Quarry
and see dormouse boxes in the hedgerows from time to time.
After about 1 kilometre, you have an option to visit Milber Down Fort using Footpath
No. 4.
OPTION: Footpath No. 4 off Bridleway No. 8
A stile on your right is marked as Footpath No. 4. This is the Milber Down Fort footpath (not a
bridleway and not a circular route). The footpath takes you up a gently sloping enclosed grassy
path. Looking back, there are views of the town of Newton Abbot and Dartmoor beyond.
At the top of the footpath are 2 stiles which lead into a private open field where sheep often graze.
Signs indicate the route to the Milber Down fort.
The hillfort is in grassland and consists of banks and ditches to make concentric enclosures. It is a
scheduled Ancient Monument and dates from the third to the late first century BC. Please do not
picnic or leave litter on the earthworks. Whilst the footpath does ultimately lead to a stile onto the
busy St Marychurch Road, you are advised not to use the stile and it is not included as a feature of
this walk. So retrace your steps to the grassy path back down to the Bridleway.
Returning back to Bridleway No.8, turn right and continue to follow the lane as before.
Close to the entrance to Ben Steadman woods, there is a stone which marks the
boundary between Newton Abbot town and Coffinswell parish (letters NA on one side,
C on the other). There is also a bench just inside the woods if you need a rest. No. 8
Bridleway ends about 40 metres further on at the very busy St Marychurch Road. So,
after exploring the woods, you are advised to turn back and return the way you came,
back to the Linny public house.

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