Whiddon Deer Park Bluebell Circular Walk, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Whiddon Deer Park Bluebell Circular Walk, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

In 2014, the bluebells up at Whiddon Deer Park were at their best in the middle of May. Clearly, this is a Spring walk when the bluebells are out. For other bluebell walk recommendations, see our listing for Bluebell Walks.

Start at Iron Bridge below the National Trust's Castle Drogo (National Trust) at the mouth of the Teign Gorge (National Trust). You can walk to Iron Bridge from Chagford by following the Two Moors Way along the River Teign or from Castle Drogo or from the car parking areas at Fingle Bridge. There's also limited parking along the road at Dogmarsh Bridge by Mill End Hotel but this gets full quickly on sunny days at weekends or during the holiday season.

Walk across Iron Bridge to the south bank of the River Teign. Worn granite steps take you up over a chunky wall into the deer park. Turn right and follow the forestry road south for roughly half a kilometre. A good path rises east of the forestry road into the woodland. As you climb through the woodland, you'll begin to see bluebells. The path arcs north running through dense patches of bluebells before it hits a large, open area at the bottom of which is a hut and small rocky outcrop.

The bluebells on the upper section of the slope here are particularly impressive. There are huge views west from the small rocky outcrop over the Chagford area to the high moors.

From this large, open area, the path continues north providing fine views of the Teign Gorge at Sharp Tor and Castle Drogo. The path cuts west past the Whiddon Deer Park Sculpture and drops steeply to Iron Bridge where you started. As ever, refer to the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map for detail when reading these directions.

From Iron Bridge, the Whiddon Deer Park Bluebell Walk is a short walk.