Dartmoor's Best Autumn Walk
A fairytale castle, oak-lined gorge, ancient stone bridge and traditional pub - this two-hour round trip along the River Teign is our favourite autumn walk on Dartmoor.
CASTLE DROGO - FINGLE BRIDGE - DOGMARSH BRIDGE - CASTLE DROGO
Park at Castle Drogo and follow either Hunter’s Path, which runs along the top of the valley, or Fisherman’s Path, which traces the spectacular wooded riverbank path below, where kingfishers and woodpeckers dart between shaded pools, and trout, salmon and otters frolic in deep, clear waters.
The autumn colours here are some of the best on Dartmoor, and after heavy rain, you’ll spot salmon leaping up the weir. In early autumn, listen out for the eerie and unmistakable bark of deers rutting.
There are glimpses of Prestonbury Castle Iron Age hill fort on the other side of the valley, and at the bottom of the gorge is the age-old Fingle Bridge, which has recessed buttresses for packhorses to pass. Fingle Bridge Inn serves a good cream tea and has a pretty terrace overlooking the river. Castle Drogo has a lovely cafe serving lunches and cream teas.
This walk can be shortened by parking either at Fingle Bridge or opposite the Mill End Hotel, which is ten-minutes walk west from Dogmarsh Bridge.
Want more ideas? Check out our pick of Devon’s best walks.