Circular walk from Week St Mary to Penhallam

Week St Mary to Penhallam

The bridge across the moat to the remains of Penhallam Manor is currently closed. This doesn't affect the route itself (which follows the path around the edge of the moat), just the distance from which the Penhallam remains can be observed.

A circular walk from the Saxon village of Week St Mary through Ashbury woods, beneath the Iron Age fort, to the remains of the mediaeval manor of Penhallam which was only rediscovered in the 1960s, returning via the church, repaired after the pinnacle above the door was severed by lightning and crashed through the roof.

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The walk heads out of the village to the hill at Ashbury which was chosen as the vantage point for a fort in the Iron Age. The route then descends through broadleaf woods to the remains of Penhallam manor. The walk follows the woods downriver and then crosses to the opposite side of the valley. The final stretch, across the fields to the church, is past an earthwork remaining from a mediaeval castle.


  • Broadleaf woodland surrounding Ashbury
  • Remains of 800 year old Penhallam manor
  • Elegant Church of Week St Mary with curious carvings
  • Views over the tributary valleys of the River Neet from the fields near the church
  • Historic Old College at Week St Mary


  • The path through Ashbury Farm can get very muddy after heavy rain due to livestock churning up the soil. Also the areas in the woods with springs can become very marshy.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 111
  • Distance: 2.9 miles/4.7 km
  • Steepness grade: Moderate
  • Recommended footwear: walking boots in summer, wellies after prolonged wet weather

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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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