The neighbouring parishes are Satterleigh and Warkleigh to the north, King's Nympton to the east, Chulmleigh to the south east, Burrington to the south, and High Bickington in Torridge district to the west. The River Taw forms the southern and western boundary of the parish, and the A377 road from Barnstaple to Exeter skirts the parish on the far side of the river.
There are 26 listed buildings in the parish, all at Grade II. They include two bridges, the church of St John Baptist, a Gospel Hall, Chittlehamholt Manor, the Exeter Inn (a 16th-century coaching inn) and houses and farm buildings.
The parish boundary follows the course of the River Mole in the east and the River Taw in the south and west. The northern boundary runs from Slew in the west, through Drake's Wood and the northern end of Chittlehamholt and down to the Mole valley in the west.