Distance: 6.3 Km (3.9 miles) over country lanes; two steepish sections.

Time: 1.5 hours

The walk: Starting at The Cridford Inn, point ‘A’ on the map, turn left and walk up the lane towards Trusham Cross, point ‘B’. This is really a T junction with the ’main’ road bearing left towards the Haldon Forest. Bear right, signed Chudleigh and follow the lane downhill and then up, going past a footpath on your left. The lane continues downhill and after an area of woodland on your left, opposite the entrance to Shortridge, the lane bends right, then left and crosses first Bramble Bridge, then Higher Ranscombe Bridge (where the footpath from Trusham meets the road). The next road junction at point ‘C’ is taken to the right, past some charming cottages and then uphill into a narrow valley which broadens towards the top. After a right hand bend there is a T junction at which you turn right, point ‘D’.

From here the lane passes Combeshead Farm, to the right, downhill and then rising towards some farm buildings. After this the lane descends past the turn off to Ruggadon, point ‘E’ (and another footpath to Trusham). From here the lane goes down and up a couple of times before the long descent of Farley Hill, this being the principal reason the walk is done in a clockwise direction.

At the bottom of Farley Hill, at the junction, point ’F’, to the left is the road to Crocombe Bridge and the B3193. However, continue in a straight line, up the hill, back to Trusham. From the first deviation in the lane, known as the ‘dark’ corner, there are enclosures with various exotic animals, including Rhea. The large, white male, is particularly aggressive, so be warned; his field ends at the ‘light’ corner. From there continue up the final hill into the village, ignoring any minor roads until you reach The Cridford Inn.

Trusham 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.