Thornworthy Down, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Thornworthy Down, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

On the fringe of the high moors in the north eastern section of Dartmoor National Park, Chagford Common curls around Fernworthy Forest and Fernworthy Reservoir. Towards the centre of the common, topped by a tor and logan stone, is Thornworthy Down. We'd recommend visiting for the views across the forest and reservoir. It's particularly beautiful in Autumn.

To visit, you can wander across the moor from Batworthy Corner and Kestor Rock or walk in from one of the parking areas in Fernworthy Forest. Stiles take you over newtake, or farm, walls on to the down.

The west and south west areas of Thornworthy Down can get very boggy so it's probably best to use the stiles to the north and south. Refer to the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map for detail. Note that stiles are not marked on the map.

Frenchbeer Rock, Middle Tor and Kestor Rock are nearby. Each offers huge views over the Chagford area to Mid Devon. On a clear day, you'll see Exmoor National Park on the horizon.

This area of Dartmoor National Park is known for its prehistoric sites. See the Long Stone, Shovel Down Stone Rows and Scorhill Stone Circle.