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Castle Drogo

dramatic walks into the past
1 hour walks
   
Walk 1 (4.1 m) Walk 2 (5.7 m)Walk 3 (3.8 m)
Fingle Bridge Popular RouteFingle Bridge & Cranbrook CastleFingle Bridge Quiet Route
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Three delightful walks near Castle Drogo,Drewsteignton ideal any time of the year!

This impressive 'mock' castle was built between 1910 and 1930 by Lutyens (see Cockington walk) for Julius Drewe who became rich by importing tea.

The house has much to fascinate the whole family including its own telephone and hydro-electric systems - the river was used to provide the electricity!

Several long distance hiking routes follow stretches of both walks.

Point of Interest

Castle Drogo,
Cranbrook Castle
Fingle Bridge

parking

a) Free Castle Drogo National Trust
b) Fingle Bridge

Castle Drogo

Both walks could start at Fingle Bridge near the pub.

Walk 1 Popular (4.1 miles)

Follow the famous Hunters' Path and return at Fingle Bridge via a riverside path,Fisherman's Path.

Note:this public path is rocky in parts and can be quite slippery.

A hundred years ago Black wrote 'Thus one mounts to the Hunter's Path along the top of the gorge,on this side heather clad and crowned with firs,while the other is mantled with the copsewood of Whyddon Park...The windings of the river make a fine sight from the upper path,on which comes a reputed logan - stone. After following this for a mile one comes into sight of the lonely bridge'

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Download shorter & most popular walk (4.1 miles 1 hr 45) .

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Fingle Bridge Inn

All walks pass the popular Fingle Bridge Inn.

Walk 2 Cranbrook Castle (5.7 miles)

A longer,varied,more strenuous but equally rewarding walk to Cranbrook Castle,an Iron Age hill fort,with it's magnificent panoramic views of Dartmoor and Castle Drogo. There is a steepish climb at Fingle Bridge - see below.

Walk 2 
length:
5.7 miles
time:
2 hr 50 mins
terrain:
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altitude range
105 - 334 m
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Walk 3 towards Drewsteignton (3.8 miles) without the crowds

view of Drewsteignton

For those who have 'done' the popular walk this quieter route through 'magical' woods & with spectacular views of Drewsteighton.also leads to Fingle Bridge.

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Walk 4 Chagford to Drogo and back (6.6 miles)

Chagford to Castle Drogo or vice versa.

Anglers Rest at Fingle Bridge

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walk 1 drogo

Walk 1

 Walks near Castle Drogo:
   
 Chagford.
 Superb walks from this bustling Market town exploring the stunning beauty of this part of Dartmoor.
   
   
 Moretonhampstead
  Moretonhamstead ,gateway to Dartmoor,is an ideal town for walkers to explore the lush edge of the moor.
   
   
national trust walks National Trust Walks
 These delightful (dog) walks near grand estates or spectacular gardens do NOT require a national trust membership.
   

Walk 2

Walk 3