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I don’t doubt many of you know Escot Park up above Ottery St Mary in East Devon. There’s a lovely mansion house with grounds that have all manner of activities, particularly for children (Wildwood Escot). There are footpaths through the grounds which allow for a circular walk, out up onto a high point across farm land with interesting views, before dropping down gradually and joining several lanes and finally a footpath back to Escot.
This walk was undertaken in Spring when everything was sprouting greenery, but on a fine autumn day, this can make for a lovely walk.
The river Tale flows through the Escot estate and you cross it twice on this walk (the same river that flows through Yellingham Farm). I’d advise taking the route East (anti-clockwise) from Escot up towards Iron Gate Lodge. You need to be careful not to miss the turn-off here which takes you up a field which at the top has a clump of mature trees, I’ve included a photo of this turn-off later in this walk, but what I would say is it’s well worth the investment of buying an Ordnance Survey map which gives you all the extra detail you need so as not to miss a turning.
If you have children to keep busy, when you arrive you can access Wildwood Escot, there’s so much for children to do that it’s hard to know where to start (see bottom right). There’s all manner of activities to be enjoyed and many, many animals to be seen.
And if you’re adult, there’s no doubt you’ll enjoy the mature parkland and magnificent trees that abound across Escot.
Your dog will really enjoy the Escot walk, but please note that in the interests of animal welfare, dogs aren’t admitted to Wildwood Escot – Editor.