Callestick and Ventongimps circular walk

Callestick and Ventongimps

A circular countryside walk past the nature reserve at Ventongimps and the engine house of West Chyverton mine, with refreshment opportunities at both Callestick Farm, where you can see the ice cream being made, and Healey's Cyder Farm who offer tours and tasting.

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The route follows byways, bridleways and footpaths through woods and fields to Little Callstock. The walk then passes through the woods surrounding Chyverton Park and circles the West Chyverton Mine which once employed over 1000 people but now the tips are overgrown with wildflowers including orchids. Footpaths and lanes then lead to Callestick Farm where the ice cream is made and here there is also an optional diversion to Healey's Cyder Farm where tours of the cider-making process, museum and cellars are available. The return route is via Ventongimps, passing some small wildlife reserves.


  • Insect-eating plants in the Ventongimps Moor Nature Reserve
  • Engine house, wildflowers and martian landscape of West Chyverton Mine
  • Tours and tasting at Healey's Cyder Farm
  • Watch the Ice Cream being made at Callestick Farm
  • Wildflowers and butterflies in the fields and along the lanes in Spring


  • The path between direction 16 and direction 17 is likely to be waterlogged all year round so waterproof boots are required even in summer. However, there is stony ground 1-2 inches beneath the mud so this section doesn't get too much worse in winter.
  • The path through the fields near Lower Ventongimps gets quite marshy after prolonged wet weather.
  • The corner of the field on the approach to direction 14 and the path between direction 15 and direction 17 can get overgrown with nettles and brambles in summer. Take a stick, and secateurs if you have them, to clear the path.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 104
  • Distance: 5.3 miles/8.5 km
  • Steepness grade: Moderate
  • Recommended footwear: Waterproof walking boots in summer; wellies in winter (very marshy area)
  • Café: ✓

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either as a GPS-guided walk with our app (£3.29) or a PDF of directions (£2.79) Example of directions

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