Scorhill Gorge, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Scorhill Gorge, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park is fringed by some of the UK's best wooded valleys (often referred to as cleaves) and gorges cut by rivers that flow down from the high moors to the coast. Many of these valleys and gorges are classed as access land which means you can follow many paths within them. Others, like Scorhill Gorge, can only be explored in part and on designated paths. We'd still recommend visiting Scorhill Gorge using the path that runs through it as it's a stunning place.

The North Teign River rises on Dartmoor's north plateau. It's joined by various brooks and lakes (a local Dartmoor term for stream) before it cuts through a remarkably beautiful gorge near Gidleigh and Chagford. This is Scorhill Gorge. It's marked on the Harvey British Mountain Map 'Dartmoor' map but not the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map.

Just east of the gorge, it joins the South Teign River to form the River Teign that cuts through the much bigger and more impressive Teign Gorge (National Trust) by the National Trust's Castle Drogo (National Trust).

To visit Scorhill Gorge, follow the Mariners' Way that trends across it. We'd recommend following this stretch of the Mariner's Way as part of the Round Pound, Gidleigh Park and Scorhill Down Circular Walk.

Note that there are super views of Scorhill Gorge from Kestor Rock and Scorhill Tor.

Other gorge walks include the Teign Gorge Circular Walk and the much more difficult Dart Gorge Circular Walk.