Fingle Woods Halls Cleave/Cod Wood Circular Walk, Drewsteignton, Dartmoor National Park

Fingle Woods Halls Cleave/Cod Wood Circular Walk, Drewsteignton, Dartmoor National Park

The woods around Fingle Bridge in the Teign Gorge (National Trust) can get relatively crowded. Head east into Fingle Woods (National Trust/Woodland Trust) and you'll find fewer walkers. This is especially the case in Halls Cleave and Cod Wood. However, these are remarkably beautiful places teeming with wildlife so we'd recommend taking time to explore them on this Fingle Woods Halls Cleave/Cod Wood Circular Walk.

Refer to the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map. Locate Clifford Bridge on the River Teign between Dunsford and Drewsteignton. A skinny road climbs steeply from Clifford Bridge and a cluster of houses before splitting at the southern border of Hitchcombe Wood about half a kilometre from Wooston Castle Hillfort. Where the road splits is the Fingle Woods Sawmill Car Park. A little further west is the Wooston Castle Hillfort Car Park.

From the Sawmill Car Park, cross the road you've just driven up and follow the forestry track south east to Halls Cleave. The track curves and then descends before cutting back on itself and dropping very steeply to the bottom of Halls Cleave. Walk north up the cleave (or valley) and you'll come to a black waymarker on the far side of a stream. From here, other black waymarkers guide you around a spur to another skinny road that rises from the cluster of houses at Clifford Bridge.

Walk up the road and you'll soon see another black waymarker that points you into Cod Wood. The track takes you through the wood and down to the south bank of the River Teign. Walk west past the holiday chalets to Clifford Bridge. From there, climb a little way up the road and you'll see another black waymarker taking you into Halls Cleave. It's a big yomp back up the side of the cleave to Sawmill Car Park.