Fingle Woods

Fingle Woods

It’s fairly easy walking on paths with a few hills here and there so it's popular with dog walkers, anglers, Gidleigh Park Hotel guests following a self-guided map, and families. And yet it’s still possible to feel a sense of peacefulness and tranquility. 

There's lots to see along the way if you're interested including wild edibles, a Logan Stone that no longer rocks, old pumping station, Wooston Castle Hillfort archaeological dig, ruins of a woollen mill, Castle Drogo is still undergoing renovation but is open to visit. You can walk from there along Hunters Path to Fingle Bridge Inn and back along Fisherman's Path. The views down the valley and up across Chagford to the open moor are stunning. Yesterday I strolled from Dogmarsh Bridge next to the Mill End Hotel through Whiddon Wood (Deer Park) to the weir and onwards. 

There are lots of places to stop for a picnic or moment of contemplation along the way - wooded glades, open fields, or riverbanks. And then you can come back into the town for a drink in one of the many pubs, cream tea, or supper. Enjoy! 

Dartmoor's Daughter is based in Chagford. Get in touch for ideas or guided walks on Dartmoor