Things To Do near The Old Forge

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Drewsteignton Holy Trinity Church, Drewsteignton, Dartmoor National Park

Drewsteignton Holy Trinity Church, Drewsteignton, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

There's a large square in the middle of the Dartmoor village Drewsteignton. The church tower rises to the east of this square and dominates the village. 'Built mostly from the fifteenth century in the Perpendicular style' (source: the Drewsteignton parish website), the church is situated next to The...

Fingle Bridge, Drewsteignton, Dartmoor National Park

Fingle Bridge, Drewsteignton, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

Fingle Bridge is an exceedingly popular and well known Dartmoor beauty spot. Whilst the bridge that spans the River Teign below steep sided wooded valley walls is the focal point, Fingle Bridge as a beauty spot refers to the wider area. Situated in the Teign Gorge (National Trust), this is one of th...

Fernworthy Picnic Area, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Fernworthy Picnic Area, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

South west of Chagford, Fernworthy Forest wraps around the beautiful Fernworthy Reservoir. A road rises from Chagford to a car park at the entrance to Fernworthy Forest. There are information boards, public toilets and a picnic area that runs down to the edge of the water. The views across...

Fingle Bridge Inn, Drewsteignton, Dartmoor National Park

Fingle Bridge Inn, Drewsteignton, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

Fingle Bridge beauty spot Fingle Bridge is one of Dartmoor National Park's most popular beauty spots. The bridge spans the River Teign at the eastern end of the sublime Teign Gorge (National Trust). Fingle Bridge Inn sits on the north bank of the river overlooking bridge and water. Heavily wooded...

Heath Stone, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Heath Stone, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

Spend time exploring Dartmoor and you'll come across plenty of curious sights. From rubber ducks dressed as Santa to carved commandments stones, giant chairs to tiny metal crosses, there seems to be endless detail to keep you entertained. One such curiosity is the Heath Stone on the eastern edge of...

Fernworthy Reservoir Circular Walk, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Fernworthy Reservoir Circular Walk, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

If you can make it to Dartmoor in autumn (say, October) then this is an especially beautiful walk. On a good day, autumnal leaves reflected in still water create a stunning effect. Bring a camera.   Start from the large car park on the edge of Fernworthy Forest Follow the road from Cha...

Buttern Hill, Gidleigh, Dartmoor National Park

Buttern Hill, Gidleigh, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

Buttern Hill is one of a number of unremarkable domed hills on the edge of the National Park's north moor. There are hut circles, cairns and a chambered cairn on this stretch of moorland. To its west, in a shallow valley, is Buttern Hill Stone Circle. Most people pass Buttern Hill as they walk be...

Shilstone Tor, Cosdon Beacon and Cosdon (The Cemetery) Stone Row Circular Walk, Throwleigh, Dartmoor National Park

Shilstone Tor, Cosdon Beacon and Cosdon (The Cemetery) Stone Row Circular Walk, Throwleigh, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

Start at Shilstone Tor by the village Throwleigh on the edge of the high north moor. We've positioned a marker on the accompanying Google map to locate this. There's limited parking by the tor. A road runs along the border of the moor and farmland. If you cannot park by Shilstone Tor, there are...

North Teign River, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

North Teign River, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

The Teign is one of Dartmoor's great rivers. It rises in two places on the National Park's north moor. The North Teign Head is located between two of the highest points on Dartmoor. The South Teign Head is located on lower ground by the western boundary of Fernworthy Forest. From these headwaters, t...

Dartmoor Hawking, North Bovey, Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor Hawking, North Bovey, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

We'd put this high on our list of essential Dartmoor experiences. Whilst it's a remarkable experience to fly owls, falcons and eagles from Dartmoor Hawking's base near the luxury hotel Bovey Castle, it's a particular joy taking Harris Hawks out onto the moor. On the day we spent...

Butterdon Down, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

Butterdon Down, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

Butterdon Down tends to be one of those places on Dartmoor that you pass through as opposed to being a destination in its own right. Located between Fingle Bridge and Moretonhampstead, the Dartmoor Way Walking Route runs around the western and southern fringes of this small island of moorland. Th...

Shilstone Tor, Throwleigh, Dartmoor National Park

Shilstone Tor, Throwleigh, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

Shilstone Tor is a small, rocky outcrop above a narrow moorland road that skirts the north east side of Dartmoor's north moor. There's parking for a handful of vehicles below this tor.* It's a great place from which to wander up to Cosdon Hill and Beacon and then the National Park's north plateau...

Fernworthy Reservoir, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Fernworthy Reservoir, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

Reservoir in stunning Fernworthy Forest near Chagford High moor rises west and south of the popular Dartmoor town Chagford. On the edge of this high moor, pushing into Fernworthy Forest, is the wonderful Fernworthy Reservoir. Plenty of people think exploring forest and reservoir is one of th...

Shovel Down Settlements and Field System, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Shovel Down Settlements and Field System, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

The high moor above Chagford is packed with prehistoric attractions from stone circles to standing stones, stone rows to ancient settlements. There's a particularly impressive cluster of attractions on Shovel Down by the northern section of Chagford Common near Batworthy Corner. The Long Stone St...

Teign Gorge and Fingle Woods to Steps Bridge Walk, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Teign Gorge and Fingle Woods to Steps Bridge Walk, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

You can pretty much follow the River Teign from the mouth of the Teign Gorge below the National Trust's Castle Drogo all the way east to Steps Bridge at the far end of Fingle Woods. Whilst it seems like a long way, you're walking by a river so it's reasonably flat. About 20km there and back (detours...