Newton Poppleford, Sidmouth, Devon

Newton Poppleford is the big village you pass through on the main road between Sidmouth and Exeter. If you like a good walk you should make it less of a passing through place and more of a stopping one; the River Otter winds its merry way through the fields to the east of the village and there are some lovely walks along its banks and through the neighbouring parishes. Falling within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty means the backdrop is one of glorious scenery.

It’s got a thriving community has Newton Poppleford, there’s a shop and post office, a butchers, hairdressers, garage, and a village hall where they hold events throughout the year. Among the white washed cob thatched cottages that line the high street is a pub, The Cannon Inn, a Chinese restaurant, and, if you fancy a top notch cream tea, the Southern Cross Tea Rooms.

Newton Poppleford got its name in back the 13th century when it was founded as a new town – the town on the pebble ford. At one time the Roman road from Axmouth to Exeter went through the village so there was a toll house either end – one still remains, a quirky single storey thatched building that dates back to 1758.

All information correct at the time of writing

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