Castle Drogo Walk
Explore the delightful gardens and wider estate surrounding this country house in Drewsteignton, Devon.
This is one of the classic circular walks in Dartmoor taking you from Castle Drogo to Fingle Bridge along the wonderful Hunters Path. There are fabulous views down the Teign gorge and across Dartmoor on this elevated path. At Fingle Bridge you cross a 16th/17th century packhorse bridge and pick up the River Teign Walk following a splendid waterside path through oak woodland. Lots of little beaches give you the opportunity for a waterside picnic or a little paddle. It's great for wildlife too- look out for salmon and brown trout jumping up the weirs when the river is in spate (high water). Kingfishers and woodpeckers are other visitors to this beautiful area.
Other features on the walk include Hunter's Tor, Sharp Tor, Piddledown Common and Drewston Woods. The area is managed by the National Trust and the route makes use of the Dartmoor Way so the footpaths are generally good.
If you head east from Fingle Bridge you can explore the extensive Fingle Woods. It consists of 420 acres of woodland with waymarked trails and the Iron Age Hillfort of Wooston Castle.
PostcodeEX6 6PB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Castle Drogo Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Castle Drogo Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Castle Drogo OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Castle Drogo Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Castle has a great National Trust visitor centre with a nice cafe. There's plenty of tables outside with great views of the grounds. It's a nice place to relax with a snack on a fine day.
The Fingle Bridge Inn is in a great location right next to the river. You can sit outside in the large garden area which overlooks the woods and the river, which is just a few feet away from the tables. On a fine day it's the perfect place to relax with a cream tea after your exercise. Inside there's a cosy interior with a stone hearth and wood ceiling beams. You can find the inn right next to the old bridge at postcode EX6 6PW for your sat navs. Fingle Bridge is one of the highlights on the walk dating from between the 16th and 17th century. The bridge is Grade II listed.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just half a mile west of the castle is the delightful Stone Lane Gardens. Here you'll find botanical gardens and an arboretum with many different types of trees and a series of lovely wooden sculptures. It's a tranquil place to go for a stroll and another of the area's worthy attractions. You can find the gardens about 1 mile due west of Drewseignton or about half a mile north west of the castle. The postcode is TQ13 8JU for your sat navs.