Teign Gorge Circular Walk (Fingle Bridge to Castle Drogo), Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Teign Gorge Circular Walk (Fingle Bridge to Castle Drogo), Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

In our opinion, this ranks as one of the best walks in Dartmoor National Park. We've walked it on dozens of occasions in all seasons and it's always a joy. The walk is by Castle Drogo so, when visiting the National Trust property, make sure you plan a few extra hours to complete the circular walk.

Head for the pretty village Drewsteignton. From there, a narrow road runs down to the local beauty spot Fingle Bridge and Fingle Bridge Inn. It's a popular place so there's plenty of parking on either side of the bridge. Note that there are public toilets across Fingle Bridge on the south bank of the River Teign.

To begin, walk back up the narrow road running between Drewsteignton and Fingle Bridge. About a hundred metres up the road from Fingle Bridge, you'll see a sign to your left pointing to a steep hill. This takes you up the north wall of the gorge. The ascent will get your heart pumping but once you're at the top of the gorge wall, the path is flat and the views stunning along the Teign Gorge to the high moors around Hangingstone Hill.

Follow the path in the direction of the National Trust's Castle Drogo. Local signs mark this path as the Hunter's Path. You'll come to a series of rocky outcrops. The largest is called Sharp Tor. The views of Castle Drogo, the Chagford area and the high moors from Fernworthy Forest to Hangingstone Hill and then Cosdon Hill are amazing. In winter months, you'll see the River Teign running way below.

From Sharp Tor, the path arcs below Castle Drogo. You'll come to the mouth of the gorge. The main path runs right, downhill where it connects with a road. This road leads to a path that takes you to the gorge floor and the north bank of the River Teign. The path that runs along this north bank of the river is called the Fisherman's Path. You'll see Iron Bridge. Do not cross it. Follow the Fisherman's Path along the north bank past Salmon Leaps, Castle Drogo Weir and Drewe's Pool where people wild swim. There's a tricky ascent over a rocky outcrop but steps and an iron railing are provided. From there, you walk along the bank of the river to Fingle Bridge.

Given its extreme beauty, the Teign Gorge can get very crowded so if you can walk during the week or outside of school term time we'd recommend you do so.