The whole of the civil parish of Newton Poppleford & Harpford lies within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Newton Poppleford is the largest village with the smaller village of Harpford nearby to the east.  Other settlements within the parish include Venn Ottery (northernmost edge), Southerton, Northmostown, Burrow and Goosemoor. 

"The New Town by the Pebble Ford"
The name 'Newton Poppleford' is derived from its geographical location: the new town by the pebble ford (over the River Otter).  Similarly, Harpford was located at the ford over the small River Harp.

Historically, Newton Poppleford was a small village in the old parish of nearby Aylesbeare; Harpford was a substantial village and a parish in its own right, which included Venn Ottery. 

The boundaries of the church parish are different to the civil parish, and includes Colaton Raleigh but excludes Venn Ottery and Southerton.

The aerial map (above) of the parish may be enlarged and downloaded by clicking here,


Footpaths Map

There are many lovely footpaths criss-crossing the parish, all recorded on the official Parish Map maintained by Devon County Council.  This has lots of detail of footpaths, bridleways, cycle-ways (on- and off-road) and bye-ways (some restricted).  It is also zoomable  -   allowing you to get to great levels of detail if you wish.  View or download this map by clicking here (4Mb file).  There is also a printed copy of the map on the noticeboard on the west side of Church Green in Newton Poppleford.

Leaflets about the area

Discover History in the Lower Otter Valley
Flowers of the Lower Otter Valley
Old tracks and lanes around Newton Poppleford  -  named

Walks in the area

Newton Poppleford and Hawkerland Circular Walk  -  10 Km (6.25 miles) along part of the East Devon Way
Newton Poppleford and Naps Lane Walk  -  About 6.6 miles easy walking
Venn Ottery Walk  -  About 1 - 1.5 hours, may have muddy bits!
Tipton St John and Fluxton Walk  -  About 4 miles  -  wellies useful in winter
Lower Otter Riverside Walk  -  Birds, otters and other wildlife along the river bank.
The East Devon Way  -  One of the longer footpaths, walk a section through the parish, or even the whole length from Exmouth to Lyme Regis!
Walk 81  -  3.5Km (5 miles).  Generally downhill,few stiles.  Circular walk from Newton Pop via Harpford and Aylesbeare Common.