This is the first in a series we will be writing about villages around the Crediton area, if there is anywhere in particular you would like us to feature do let us know.
First up is Brampford Speke located 8 miles from Crediton in the direction of Exeter.
Brampford Speke is set in beautiful countryside in the Exe valley, if you drive down to the village off the A377 you will be in for some spectacular views which are particularly colourful this time of year. The wildlife is rich and it is not rare to spot deer, badgers and foxes in the area as well as buzzards flying overhead.
The village overlooks the river which is easily accessible by footpaths and many locals enjoy a wild swim, as do many dogs! On the river itself you will often spot swans with their cygnets in the summer together with herons, egrets, moorhens and the usual ducks. In the winter months the geese fly in and settle. If you are lucky you will spot the flash of a Kingfisher as they dart across the river and some of the giant fish splashing about.
The village is small with a population of around 300 and 150 properties but has a primary school and the pub the Lazy Toad has an excellent reputation with people visiting from far and wide.
There is a good sense of community within the village. As you walk towards the river you pass a plantation of young trees and then to your right is the old Station House where the residents occasionally host events for the locals including summer film nights, the most recent event being a bat walk on 8th June.
There is a village hall for events and regular classes like yoga, St Peter’s Church is also worth a look.
If you enjoy a walk you won’t be short of these in and around Brampford Speke and it is excellent for dogs, there are many footpaths around the village some leading to the river and others leading out towards Upton Pyne, all are well maintained and take in spectacular views and wildlife. Take a look at this map to help guide you here
With a WI and an active Twinning Association (which has seen the Wurzels play for their guests) there is much to get involved in within the village.
For more information about the village take a look at their website here