Newton Poppleford

Newton Poppleford

  • Pretty Devon village
  • Famous for its daffodils in spring
  • Good place to stop for lunch

Newton Poppleford has been around since Saxon times. Its name means ‘new town built on a pebbly ford’. ‘Popple’ is the local name for pebbles, and there are many ‘popplestone’ walls in the area.

Newton Poppleford is situated in the Otter Valley between Sidmouth and Exeter and is only a short distance from the sea. Surrounded by beautiful countryside this village is a popular place to live. Explore it by starting at the little humped back bridge over the River Otter. Follow the course of the attractive, gently sloping main street, lined with a variety of architectural styles, and admire the charming village hall emerging from behind the terraced cottages on the right hand side, and visit the church (pictured), built on the site of the original 14th century church. Also of note is the tiny toll house dating from 1758.

For places to stay in Newton Poppleford, as a base from which to visit Wembury Point and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Devon , Coastal Hotels in Devon , Spa Hotels in Devon , Bed & Breakfasts in Devon or Self-Catering Cottages in Devon

There is plenty to explore in the surrounding area too especially if you are a keen walker. At the Sidmouth end you can follow a peaceful walk along the River Otter to Tipton St John, then on through the village and turn right to follow the woody tracks to the picturesque hamlet of Harpford, with its ancient church. The area is networked with lovely footpaths – a pleasure to explore and a wonderful area for picnics.

Newton Poppleford is also well known for its spring time display of daffodils. They are the King Alfred variety and are so profuse that that there is even a local street named after them, King Alfred Way and, in 1999, the King Alfred variety celebrated its 100th anniversary by winning an award from the Royal Horticultural Society.

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