Dewerstone Valley Circular Walk, Shaugh Prior, Dartmoor National Park

Dewerstone Valley Circular Walk, Shaugh Prior, Dartmoor National Park

The Dewerstone Valley is one of Dartmoor's many stunning wooded valleys. Located on the south west border of the National Park, the valley is cut by the River Plym as it flows from Crane Hill on Dartmoor's south plateau down to the city of Plymouth.

This circular walk takes you around the lip of the valley providing super views of South Devon, the Dewerstone Valley and Dartmoor's south moor. As is the case with most walks on Dartmoor, it's relatively easy. We'd recommend consulting the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map whilst planning this.

Head for Shaugh Bridge just down the road from the village Shaugh Prior. There's a car parking area and limited room along the side of the road. Cross the River Plym on the footbridge east of Shaugh Bridge and you're stood on the north bank of the Plym.

You now have two choices. For an easier walk, follow the quarry road that climbs towards Dewerstone Cottage and then switches back towards Dewerstone Rock. Alternatively, for a more difficult start to the walk, follow the good path up the bank of the Plym to the foot of Dewerstone Crags. From there, walk and scramble up to Dewerstone Rock. We've done this second route with very young kids on many occasions. You skirt the vertical crags for which the area is famous.

Having taken either route you are now at the top of Dewerstone Rock. Paths rise north east of Dewerstone Rock over Wigford Down to Cadover Bridge Cross and Cadover Bridge. The views as you walk over Wigford Down near the top of Cadworthy Wood are remarkable.

Wander across Cadover Bridge and you'll see a large car park by the river. There's usually an ice cream van. From there, follow the south bank of the River Plym into North Wood. To begin, you are close to the water and you can drop down for a paddle. Continue south west and the path rises and stunning views open out. Dewerstone Crags are beautiful across the valley. The path descends through the woods back to the car parking area by Shaugh Bridge.

If possible, we'd recommend walking in Autumn.