This circular walk visits the Foggintor Quarries near Princetown on Dartmoor. The route also climbs to the nearby King's Tor for fine views over the area.
The walk starts from the public car park in the village of Princetown, just to the east of the site. From here you can pick up a section of the Dartmoor Way and follow the waymarked footpath west along a dismantled railway line. After about 1.5 miles you turn north to follow a footpath to the quarry. Here you'll find a tranquil lake surrounded by the atmospheric quarry ruins. It's a photogenic spot which also gives an insight into the areas mining heritage.
After exploring the quarry you continue west to visit the neighbouring Swelltor Quarries before climbing up to King's Tor. There's excellent views over the National Park from this elevated location. The trail then loops around the hill before returning to Princetown on an alternative bridleway.
PostcodePL20 6SS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Foggintor Quarry Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Foggintor Quarry Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Foggintor Quarry OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Foggintor Quarry Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Back in Princetown The Plume Of Feathers Inn is a fine choice for some post walk refreshment. The historic pub dates back to 1785 and retains many of its original features such as slate floors, wooden beams and granite walls. Inside there's a cosy fire for the winter, while outside there's a lovely garden if the sun is shining. They serve high quality food using fresh, seasonal local produce. You can find them at Plymouth Hill with a postcode of PL20 6QQ for your sat navs.
The trails make for a fine dog walk and the Plume Of Feathers mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The circular Princetown Walk uses part of the Abbot's Way and the Dartmoor Way to North Hessary Tor and the ancient bronze age settlement of Merrivale.
Head a few miles south and you can enjoy a climb to Sharpitor and visit the splendid Burrator Reservoir where there's a nice waterside walking trail.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dartmoor Walks page.