Whiddon Deer Park, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Whiddon Deer Park, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Walk the south bank and wall of Dartmoor's stunning Teign Gorge and you'll see plenty of signs marked Lower Deer Stalkers Path, Upper Deer Stalkers Path and Deer Stalkers Path. Refer to the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map and you'll see Whiddon Park (Deer Park) across the River Teign from the National Trust's Castle Drogo. As you might expect, there are plenty of wild deer in the area.

Unlike Dartmoor's hill ponies, the deer are furtive and flighty so you're not guaranteed to see them. Thankfully, Whiddon Deer Park offers super views of the Chagford area, the eastern section of Dartmoor National Park and the high north plateau from Fernworthy Forest through Hangingstone Hill to Cosdon Hill and Beacon. In Spring, Whiddon Deer Park is carpeted with bluebells. There's a Peter Randall-Page sculpture to see as well.

To visit, wander down to Iron Bridge from Castle Drogo. Cross the bridge and granite steps take you over the wall into the deer park. In front of you, a well worn track climbs steeply to the top of the park. Alternatively, there's a much gentler ascent via the track/road that runs south and then curls north as a path through the woods.

Near the top of the deer park is an old granite hut. Nearby, there are rocks and boulders from which you can enjoy massive views. It's a nice spot for a picnic, especially when the bluebells are out.