Bickleigh - Devonshire's Heartland
Bickleigh is located close to the centre of the county of Devon, just 12 miles from Bampton. It is a picturesque spot on the banks of the River Exe where it is joined by the River Dart. A very pretty bridge spans the river. There is plenty to enjoy at Bickleigh, and some excellent places to eat.
We're told that the model railway display is not to be missed!
A restaurant and light refreshments, a display of a working water mill, picnic area, craft and gift centre.
A Royalist stronghold spanning 900 years of history - 11th century chapel, Cromwellian arms and armour, museum of 19th century rural life and toys, a moated garden.
A station that time forgot!
Train rides, large model railways, museum, shop, and refreshments. In fact, something for all the family.
Also see our railway page.
Next to the bridge is the Fisherman's Cot where visitors can sit by the river. Paul Simon who stayed here in the 1960's (remember those?) watched the Exe rushing past and - can this be true? - was inspired to write the classic song "Bridge Over Troubled Water". Well no, it actually isn't true (although he did stay there) - but it makes a good story when you are watching the water tumbling past you.