Distance: 4.4 Km (2.75 miles) along country lanes, paths; one or two steepish sections. Can be muddy when wet.

Time: 75 minutes

The walk: Starting at The Cridford Inn, point ‘A’ on the map, turn left and walk up the lane for just over 100 metres, to point ‘B’. On your right there is a short track with footpaths off to the left and right. Take the path to the left and follow it uphill until it bears right, passing through a gate. Follow the path carefully downhill for about 700 metres, to a stile. Climb over and drop down to your right into the field. The right of way follows the bottom of the slope as it curves round to the left. Dogs should be on a lead as there is usually stock in the field. Ahead the route takes you to a footbridge over the Bramble Brook. Take the path until you reach a stile, at point ‘C’, near the Higher Ranscombe Bridge. Once over the stile, turn right and follow the lane.

The next road junction 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, on your right, going downhill and then rising with some farm buildings on your right. After this, the lane descends to the turn off to Ruggadon at point ‘E’. Turn off right here and follow the lane until it turns sharply right down to the farm. At this point, look left and take the footpath downhill; it is uneven in places and requires care. After just over 100 metres go through the small gate on your right, at point ’F’, into the Nature Reserve; the route follows the edge of the field down to another gate. Once through the gate bear right and then cross the small bridge to pick up a rising track into Trusham. When wet this can be muddy and requires concentration.

At the top, turn right and follow the main road back down to The Cridford Inn.

Trusham Short 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.