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Discovering Dewerstone Wood


Dewerstone Wood is located within the Dartmoor National Park and is close to the moorland village of Shaugh Prior.

Dewerstone Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and important for its landscape and wildlife as well as for its archaeology and industrial heritage. Grade of walk: Walking Boot (steep/rocky); Type of walk: 'Hidden Places', 'Historical Footsteps'.

Dewerstone Woods, Plymbridge Woods and Plym Valley, Devon
Discover Dewerstone Wood on this circular walk National Trust Images / John Millar


Map route for Discovering Dewerstone Wood walk
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Shaugh Prior National Trust car park, grid ref: SX533637


Start in the car park, outside what was once a kiln for the local china clay industry. Take the path starting at the notice board and head over the footbridge across the River Plym.

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Once over the bridge, you'll find the remains of the Ferro Ceramic Mine and Brickworks, directly in front of you. The most notable feature, which you can still see today, is the long tunnel brick kiln which was built in the late 19th century. To continue, follow the granite boulder path in an easterly direction.

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Continue on this path as it curves sharply round to the left and advances uphill another 100ft (30m). The path should then level out to form what was once a tramway for the Dewerstone granite quarries. Follow this track round the hill, passing a couple of the disused quarries on your right and looking out for the granite tramway sleepers under your feet.

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Just before you reach Dewerstone cottage, the former counting house, stables and smithy for the quarries, take a sharp left down the hill. Keep going along this footpath, following the River Meavy downstream, this should take you back to the car park.

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Shaugh Prior National Trust car park, grid ref: SX533637

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Discovering Dewerstone Wood


Circular route with some steep inclines. It can get very muddy, especially after wet weather, so definitely bring walking boots.

Dogs are welcome but please keep them on leads near livestock.

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Discovering Dewerstone Wood

How to get here

Dewerstone Wood, Shaugh Prior, Devon
By train

Plymouth Station, 6 miles (9.6km).

By road

From A38, exit at Manadon Junction and take A386 towards Tavistock. At Bickleigh Cross (immediately after Belliver Roundabout), turn right onto New Road, then 3rd left onto Hele Lane. At end of lane, turn left towards Shaugh Prior. Car park is on left immediately after bridge over River Plym.

By bus

Plymouth City 59, between Plymouth, Plympton, Sparkwell, Bickleigh and Plympton's George Park & Ride, alight National Trust car park at Shaugh Bridge.

Discovering Dewerstone Wood

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome but please keep them on leads near livestock