A walk for all seasons near Honiton

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:51 09 May 2017

A walk for all seasons in Gittisham. Ref mhh 48-16TI 9589. Picture: Terry Ife

A walk for all seasons in Gittisham. Ref mhh 48-16TI 9589. Picture: Terry Ife

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Step outside the environs of Honiton and you are soon in a rural setting. Photographer Terry Ife pictured the joys of a walk in the countryside.

As you stroll around the busy market town of Honiton, it is easy to forget how close the peace of the countryside is.

The Beech Walk offers the casual visitor a chance to wander through the peaceful woodlands and rural lanes near the picturesque village of Gittisham.

You can start your walk from Hayne Lane and head off in a clockwise direction.

Climb up hill towards the Bartletts Farm Shop, where you could take advantage of the fare it has on offer, before taking on the slightly steeper climb that will level out as you reach Beech Walk.

Wildlife is all around you and, if you have been quiet enough, there is a chance you may see a deer or two.

Pheasants can also make their presence felt in the area.

Different seasons offer the walker a range of sights with carpets of bluebells in the spring or an explosion of autumn colours, later in the year.

As you go down the hill, towards Gittisham, the views towards Exeter open out.

If you take a map with you, perhaps you could try to identify some of the points on the landscape.

There are also some pretty cottages along the way to add to the sights you will see.

The village of Gittisham looks as though time has stood still, with its church green and a lovely little stream trickling through.

Why not take a little time to explore the village, with its picturesque cottages, before heading toward Gittisham Forge and back towards Honiton.

At any time of year, you can enjoy a walk in the countryside, take in the views and get close to nature.

A stroll in the Gittisham area is truly a walk for all seasons.

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