Skaigh Woods, Sticklepath, Dartmoor National Park

Skaigh Woods, Sticklepath, Dartmoor National Park

Skaigh is a hamlet in Belstone Cleave between Belstone and Sticklepath. Skaigh Woods (or Skaigh Wood on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map) is a beautiful stretch of woodland valley along the River Taw running between Skaigh and Sticklepath.

Skaigh Woods Tarka Bridge is located below Skaigh. From there, the River Taw flows through stunning woodland to a weir and then Sticklepath. At the eastern end of Skaigh Woods, an ancient path runs down to a bridge. Cross the bridge and you're at the back of the National Trust's Finch Foundry.

The path running along the south bank of the River Taw is part of the Tarka Trail and Two Museums Walk.

A path also runs north of the river between the water and the skinny moorland road.

There's parking in the wood below Skaigh near Skaigh Woods Tarka Bridge. Drive from Sticklepath towards Skaigh and the car parking area is by a track just left of the road before it climbs to Skaigh. There's also parking for members of the National Trust at Finch Foundry is if you're visiting that attraction.

Note that paths climb from Skaigh Woods to the edge of the moor and then up to Cosdon Hill. The footbridges below Skaigh and by the National Trust's Finch Foundry enable you to enjoy a circular walk. We'd recommend the longer Belstone Cleave and Skaigh Woods Circular Walk between Belstone and Sticklepath.