Hembury Fort lies in the Blackdown Hills on a plateau just outside Honiton on the A373. This was the site of a prehistoric Iron Age hillfort and you now find the ancient remains of the defensive ramparts. The site is of significant interest to many groups including archaeologists, conservationists and ecologists. In the Spring, the woods surrounding the plateau are covered with a blanket of bluebells.
Nowadays, you can enjoy the circular walk around the top of the plateau with stunning and far reaching views of the Otter Valley reaching to the coast on a clear day. A small and basic car park can be reached, just off the A373 as you come to the crest of Hembury Hill on the right, coming from Cullompton and the left from Honiton. Once parked, you need to cross the A373 to reach the start of the climb to Hembury Fort.
Worth noting – Traffic can be fast along this road and visibility limited on the bends.
Only a 5 minute drive from Hembury Fort, is the Hamlet of Weston, where you will find The Otter Inn. On a sunny day you can sit and enjoy a refreshing drink in the large beer garden alongside the tranquil River Otter.
Image courtesy of Martin Bodman / Broadhembury: south to Hembury /
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