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Forde Abbey

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Forde Abbey
Author: blackcoffee, Published: 18 Oct 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Forde Abbey
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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Forde Abbey is a circular walk of approximately 6 miles across meadows and fields and is reasonably easy terrain. It also includes the pretty Axe Valley with a chance to see nesting buzzards if lucky. The walk itself passes Forde Abbey which has tea rooms but which are only accessible if you pay the entrance fee of circa £10. The walk includes several stiles and kissing gates and also involves crossing a stream via stepping stones.

The walk starts from the village of Thorncombe which is approximately 6 miles north of Lyme Regis. Car parking is available along Chard Street by Saint Mary's Church. Approximate post code TA20 4NE.

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Walk Sections

Start to Goose cottage
Start to Goose cottage

Start point: 50.8264 lat, -2.8877 long
End point: 50.8271 lat, -2.8864 long

Continue along Chard Street with St Mary's on your right and turn right onto the path that runs through the second part of the church yard. This path leads into a garage area. Cross over the front of the garages and on reaching the road turn right.

Goose cottage to Barn
Goose cottage to Barn

Start point: 50.8271 lat, -2.8864 long
End point: 50.8292 lat, -2.8854 long

Cross the road and at Goose Cottage turn left along the footpath with hedgerows on either side. Go through a gate and and across the top of a field passing barns on your left. Watch for cattle.

Barn to Stile
Barn to Stile

Start point: 50.8292 lat, -2.8854 long
End point: 50.8305 lat, -2.885 long

Continue across the top of a field and down to a stile.

Stile to Kissing gate
Stile to Kissing gate

Start point: 50.8305 lat, -2.885 long
End point: 50.8321 lat, -2.886 long

The path heads straight across the field which will eventually drop down to a stream.

Kissing gate to stream
Kissing gate to stream

Start point: 50.8321 lat, -2.886 long
End point: 50.8335 lat, -2.8868 long

Continue along the marked path through a second gate until you reach the stepping stones over the stream.

Stream to Roadway
Stream to Roadway

Start point: 50.8345 lat, -2.8885 long
End point: 50.8389 lat, -2.8909 long

After crossing the stream head left up the field and cross a stile and continue on the right. follow the path between fences until you reach the far corner of the field and go through the gate to join the road.

Road to Forde Grange Farm
Road to Forde Grange Farm

Start point: 50.8394 lat, -2.8952 long
End point: 50.8386 lat, -2.9013 long

After going through the gate join the road and turn left and head to Forde Grange farm. Watch out for the signpost 'Thorncombe 1m'.

Forde Grange to Edge of wood
Forde Grange to Edge of wood

Start point: 50.8386 lat, -2.9013 long
End point: 50.8417 lat, -2.9033 long

At the road junction take the path to your right directly opposite the road to Thorncombe. Cross the field passing the way marker which is situated in the centre of the field, to reach the woodland ahead.

Edge of wood to Gate /stile
Edge of wood to Gate /stile

Start point: 50.8417 lat, -2.9033 long
End point: 50.8414 lat, -2.9047 long

At the edge of the wood turn left as indicated by the way marker.

Gate/stile to Join road
Gate/stile to Join road

Start point: 50.8414 lat, -2.9047 long
End point: 50.8421 lat, -2.9072 long

Continue along the path with the wood to your right and through a gate to reach the road. Turn right down the road.

Road to cross River Axe
Road to cross River Axe

Start point: 50.8434 lat, -2.9074 long
End point: 50.8446 lat, -2.9071 long

Continue down the road passing the entrance to Forde Abbey and cross the bridge over the River Axe.

River axe to Footbridge
River axe to Footbridge

Start point: 50.8446 lat, -2.9071 long
End point: 50.8417 lat, -2.9163 long

After crossing the bridge watch for the footpath sign on the left. take this path over the stile and follow the river until you reach a footbridge.

Footbridge to Cedar tree
Footbridge  to Cedar tree

Start point: 50.8417 lat, -2.9163 long
End point: 50.8411 lat, -2.9179 long

Cross the footbridge and turn right and then bear left as you see a large cedar tree ahead.

Cedar tree to Second cedar
Cedar tree to Second cedar

Start point: 50.8411 lat, -2.9179 long
End point: 50.8379 lat, -2.9176 long

Keep the cedar tree on your right as you head for the top corner of the field. Cross the stile and copse and then turn up the field heading for a wooden shed by the road. A second cedar tree can be seen on the left of the track.

Second cedar to Lodge
Second cedar to Lodge

Start point: 50.8379 lat, -2.9176 long
End point: 50.8373 lat, -2.9123 long

Turn left along the road and watch out for the Lodge on your left. Turn right along the concrete road opposite the Lodge

Lodge to Jubilee Trail

Start point: 50.8373 lat, -2.9123 long
End point: 50.8323 lat, -2.9118 long

Pass some houses on your right and rejoin the Jubilee Trail that appears from the right. Turn left along this trail climbing a slight incline.

Jubilee Trail to Horseshoe Road
Jubilee Trail to Horseshoe Road

Start point: 50.8323 lat, -2.9118 long
End point: 50.8297 lat, -2.9054 long

Walk along this wide track and at the fork take the left lane through a gate and head across the field to the opposite corner.

Horseshoe Road to Gap in hedge
Horseshoe Road to Gap in hedge

Start point: 50.829 lat, -2.9014 long
End point: 50.8305 lat, -2.8971 long

As you exit the field cross the road, Horseshoe Road, and see the footpath sign directly opposite that could be a little hidden by the hedgerow. The footpath cuts directly across the field towards the woods on the other side of the field.

Gap in hedge to Stile exiting wood
Gap in hedge to Stile exiting wood

Start point: 50.8305 lat, -2.8971 long
End point: 50.8295 lat, -2.8941 long

Enter the wood through the gap in the hedge marked Footpath. Go through the wood and exit via a stile.

Stile exiting wood to Start of enclosed footpath
Stile exiting wood to Start of enclosed footpath

Start point: 50.8295 lat, -2.8941 long
End point: 50.8267 lat, -2.8908 long

Walk directly ahead keeping the fence line on your left and watch out for the footpath sign on your left. Take this footpath which leads to Thorncombe.

Start of enclosed footpath to End
Start of enclosed footpath  to End

Start point: 50.8267 lat, -2.8908 long
End point: 50.8256 lat, -2.8879 long

Pass through the gate and follow the enclosed footpath down into the village. On reaching the road turn left and the church will be on your right.

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2 responses to "Forde Abbey"

A great walk but the numbers on the map don't match those on the instructions.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Many thanks for letting us know. The map has now been corrected to match the section numbers.

By dejongm on 2016-03-21 11:59:46

Enjoyed, but the instructions/ directions on the download version on the phone App, are completely out of sync. The desktop version of the walk is correct though, maybe you could adjust accordingly.
Like the App. very good idea.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thank you so much for reporting this problem and apologies. It is a bug that has appeared from the latest App update and the problem has now been fixed. Please use the 'refresh' button to update the walks in your Library and these (plus any new walks that you download from the Store) will now have directions pages in the correct order.

By Novemberbrav on 2016-07-21 20:36:42

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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