Things To Do near The Old Forge

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River Teign, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

River Teign, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

One of Dartmoor's most beautiful rivers, the Teign rises in two places on the National Park's north moor. The North Teign River and South Teign River then meet near Chagford. Downstream of Chagford, the River Teign flows under Iron Bridge below the National Trust's Castle Drogo and into...

Hunter's Tor (Teign Gorge/North East Dartmoor), Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Hunter's Tor (Teign Gorge/North East Dartmoor), Chagford, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

Follow the Hunter's Path along the upper wall of the Teign Gorge on a sunny day and you'll find plenty of people taking in the views from Sharp Tor (Teign Gorge/North East Dartmoor). Fewer visit Hunter's Tor above Iron Bridge at the mouth the Teign Gorge which is a shame because the views are equall...

Gidleigh Tor, Gidleigh, Dartmoor National Park

Gidleigh Tor, Gidleigh, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

One for the Dartmoor tor bagger, Gidleigh Tor is a small rocky outcrop situated between Scorhill Gorge and Gidleigh near the edge of the National Park's north moor. If you're walking a section of the Mariner's Way, it's a nice place to stop for a rest. There's also room for a car or two by the path...

Salmon Leaps, Castle Drogo Weir and Drewe's Pool, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Salmon Leaps, Castle Drogo Weir and Drewe's Pool, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

The River Teign flows through a spectacular and heavily wooded gorge below the National Trust's Castle Drogo. At the mouth of this gorge, between the picturesque Iron Bridge and Castle Drogo Weir, is a large pool of water which attracts fishermen, wild swimmers, photographers and walkers. In Autu...

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

Whiddon Deer Park Bluebell Circular Walk, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

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 Tr...

Mariners' Way in Dartmoor, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

Mariners' Way in Dartmoor, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

The Mariners' Way runs between Dartmouth on the South Devon coast and Bideford on the North Devon coast. Mariners walked the route to work on the ships at these Devon ports. This listing covers the Mariners' Way in Dartmoor National Park. Among the highlights of this route are the ancient farms t...

Passage Sculpture Whiddon Deer Park, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Passage Sculpture Whiddon Deer Park, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

Follow the Two Moors Way from Chagford to the north border of Dartmoor National Park and you'll pass a number of exquisite sculptures by Peter Randall-Page. Just off the Two Moors Way, at the top of an avenue of beech trees in Whiddon Deer Park, is another work. A giant ball of granite appears to...

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 (approx. 2 miles away)

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....

South Teign River, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

South Teign River, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

The River Teign is one of Dartmoor National Park's most beautiful waterways. It skirts Chagford and flows through the stunning Teign Gorge (National Trust) to the Teign Valley. Study the the Harvey British Mountain Map 'Dartmoor' map and you'll see that the River Teign rises at two places on Dart...

Gidleigh Holy Trinity Church, Gidleigh, Dartmoor National Park

Gidleigh Holy Trinity Church, Gidleigh, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

The north and eastern fringes of Dartmoor's north moor are lined with villages and hamlets and their churches. Moving clockwise, the towers of Belstone, South Tawton, Throwleigh and then Gidleigh churches rise against the backdrop of high moorland. Gidleigh Holy Trinity Church is...

Gidleigh Castle (Landmark Only), Gidleigh, Dartmoor National Park

Gidleigh Castle (Landmark Only), Gidleigh, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

An information leaflet from the church next door to the castle reads: 'Gidleigh Castle dates from about 1324 and was built over an earlier castle by William le Prouz, a powerful knight and overlord in the district. It was never a true castle in the military sense, but rather a fortified manor hou...

Spinster's Rock, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Spinster's Rock, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

'Spinsters Rock [sic]. A Neolithic burial chamber erected around 3500-2500 B.C. This chamber probably contained many burials and would originally have been covered by a long earthen mound. The stones fell down in 1862 and were re-erected in the same year. Traditionally this monument was erected...

Castle Drogo (National Trust), Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Castle Drogo (National Trust), Chagford, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

Family attraction The last castle to be built in England, Castle Drogo is located on a spur of land at the mouth of the magnificent Teign Gorge (National Trust) in the north east section of Dartmoor National Park. Chagford is to the south west. The pretty village Drewsteignton is nearby. Castl...

Scorhill Gorge, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Scorhill Gorge, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

Dartmoor National Park is fringed by some of the UK's best wooded valleys (often referred to as cleaves) and gorges cut by rivers that flow down from the high moors to the coast. Many of these valleys and gorges are classed as access land which means you can follow many paths within them. Others, li...

Whiddon Wood, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Whiddon Wood, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

The River Teign flows through the stunning Teign Gorge in the north east section of Dartmoor National Park. The south wall of the gorge is covered by a number of woods. The most westerly wood, across the gorge from the National Trust's Castle Drogo and Sharp Tor and running into Whiddon Deer Park, i...