Distance: 7.5 Km (4.5 miles) over country lanes, footpaths and fields.

Time: 1.5 to 2 hours

The walk: Leave The Cridford Inn, turn right and where the main road bears left uphill, take the right fork, past a white cottage, ‘Franciscott’, and then a garage, to a footpath at point ‘A’. Turn right, up the cobbled path between several cottages. Ascend the log steps. At the top, carry on uphill with the fence on your right, to a stile. Bear left after the stile and follow the edge of the field to another stile and a green lane. Go left, past a gate on your right to a stile on the right which you cross. Follow the left edge of the field up to a farm lane.

Go left down the lane and continue straight, past buildings on both sides, down a grassy slope to a farm gate. ‘B’. Go through this gate following the field’s right edge steeply down, passing through a gap into the next field. Continue down, past a marker post, to the small gate in the corner of the field just over a simple footbridge. Once through the gate, bear left, then right along the track with the disused railway line and the River Teign on your left. Follow this until it joins a farm track at a shallow ford and continue past a farm until you reach the main road in Lower Ashton at ‘C’.

Turn right and follow the road uphill past (or not) The Manor Inn and stay on this lane as it climbs up towards Higher Ashton. Just before this you will pass on your left, ‘The Great Barn Devon’, a popular wedding venue. Continue, ignoring the left turn into the village at ‘D’. Carry on up the road and look out for a very sharp right-hander, after which the lane steepens around the following left bend. Keep ears sharp for traffic. Carry on along the lane, past Coombe Farm on you right; after Glebe Cottage on you right, there is another sharp right turn uphill, followed shortly by a footpath on the next bend; turn right, cross the stile and go up the path. ‘E’.

The path rises steeply through trees; cross the stile into a field and bear right, across to another stile. Cross this and head towards the corner of the field and through the gate into a lane (muddy by gate). Cross the stile opposite and head across the field, as per the finger post, to a gate into the next which has an electric fence keeping you to the edge of the field. The path drops down to the left and soon crosses the outflow from the large pond on your left and then becomes a track. The right of way leaves the track shortly, up 3 steps (on your right), the path rises through trees to a field and a low electric fence. A post indicates the direction to take and once over the crest of the field, cross the electric fence into the trees, down to a stile and a fenced path. Follow this to a gate which opens into an often-muddy field. Turn right, follow the right edge of the field to the gate within a gate. The track from here on is usually muddy, down to the road. ‘F’. Turn right and then left at Trusham Cross, proceed down the lane to Trusham and The Cridford Inn.

The Ashton Round Map



We stayed overnight at this wonderful old Inn. We were in the “Exe” room which was charming. Beautifully decorated with a large modern bathroom. The owners Paul and Ness were lovely. They were welcoming and very knowledgeable about the history of the building and surrounding area. The bar and other staff were also really welcoming. We had a really enjoyable 2 course lunch for ten pounds each, excellent value and wonderful home cooked food. The breakfast was great too! We will certainly be back!


Great christmas night out at the Cridford Inn. Barney the Chef did us proud 21 of us and everyone said it was fab.Ness and Karen running around after us all making sure we all had enough and keeping an eye on our drinks.The table was looked fab too ....will go back again and again thank you Ness and Paul.


What a great find! A lovely old inn, serving good beer, an unusual but tasty ginger cider and really good home cooked food. Well worth going out of your way to visit this place.


Fantastic family Sunday lunch. We ate here today as two families. The staff were very welcoming and helpful and the food was lovely. Would definitely recommend this place.


Our hosts were very welcoming, helpful and made our 2 night stay more than pleasurable. The food is exceptional and there is a wide choice of beer, wine and spirits. Overall our stay was excellent and the atmosphere in this beamed establishment very relaxing, we will visit again for sure


What a lovely place to go, the new owners are absolutely delightful , Ness and Paul and they cannot do enough for you , the food is great too , I can especially recommend the Turbot absolutely scrummy . I hear they are doing Christmas lunch too if I’d not already paid a deposit elsewhere I’d be booking ! . Well done guys at last The Cridford feels loved and it’s clean too ! .


We had an excellent lunch in this delightful inn, which is packed full of character. Would definitely recommend a visit here. They have an amazing range of spirits and local ales. Although we did not stay overnight, the rooms look very comfortable and well equipped.