Cadover Bridge and Dewerstone Rock walking trail

Walking trail

Starting at the popular Cadover Bridge this walk, although at times strenuous, is well worth the effort when you take in the views from the top of the Dewerstone

Cadover Bridge, Devon


Cadover Bridge and the Dewerstone walking trail


Cadover Bridge car park


From the car park,walk away from Cadover Bridge, with the river on your right. Go through a gate into a willow plantation; the path here is rocky and muddy in places. The river is beside you and there are some lovely picnic spots along the way. There's a chance you may come across livestock - please take particular care if you're walking with dogs.

Cadover Bridge, Devon


Two gates in quick succession lead to a footbridge into the oak woodland of North Wood. Follow the path with the large pipe set in the ground.

North Wood, Devon


Leave North Wood over a stile and follow the path onto West Down - the River Plym is far below on the right. Looking ahead to the other side of the valley, you will be able to see Dewerstone Crags. The path leads through mixed silver birch and oak and splits into a fork just after a ruined building. Take the right-hand fork slightly downhill to a small track and gate.

West Down, Devon


Inside the wire fence, turn right and follow the footpath sign to Shaugh Bridge. Staying within the woods, the path twists downhill, with the river below you on the right. Follow the path over a stile - this part can be slippery at times. Pass the China Clay Works settling tanks on the right and continue until the path ends at a road.

Follow the signs on the Cadover Bridge and the Dewerstone circular walk, Devon


Turn right at the road and take the steps down into Shaugh Bridge car park. Turn right and walk through the car park towards the river.

Looking down into Shaugh Bridge car park, Devon


Using the wooden footbridge, cross the river into Goodameavy. Follow the path right. Now the start of a long uphill climb, the path turns into a rocky track which winds steeply above the river. Continue to follow this track straight ahead until you come to a sharp bend to the left. Go around the bend and then almost immediately, take a turning to the right. Follow this until you can see the top of the Dewerstone Crags through the trees on the right.

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The River Plym at Shaugh Bridge, Devon


The path now becomes a rocky scramble left and uphill, leaving the woods and emerging onto open moorland at Dewerstone Rock. The views are absolutely wonderful here.

Up hill to Dewerstone Rock, Devon


From the top of the rock, head in a north east direction and follow the broad grassy path along the ridge. Pass Oxen Tor and go over Wigford Down, with Cadworthy Wood and the Plym Valley on the right. Keep straight on to the boundary wall of the wood and follow the wall around the fields of Lower Cadworthy.

Open moorland on a winter's day, Dartmoor, Devon


Eventually, the wall veers to the right and you go downhill past Cadover Cross with views of the china clayworks beyond. Go towards the bridge, cross the road and you will be back where you started.

Autumnal view of Cadover Bridge, Devon


Cadover Bridge car park

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Cadover Bridge and Dewerstone Rock walking trail


A combination of way-marked public footpaths and open moorland walking, with some steep climbs. Uneven paths with tree roots and rocky sections, which can be slippery when wet.

Cadover Bridge and Dewerstone Rock walking trail

How to get here

Cadover Bridge Shaugh Prior Plymouth PL7 5EH
By road

From Plymouth:

  • Leave A38 on the Tavistock Road, the A386 north
  • Pass Derriford Hospital and continue to Roborough
  • At roundabout take second exit, staying on the A386
  • Take the second right to Clearbrook.
  • Travel through Clearbrook, over the River Meavy and continue for about 1.5 miles
  • Pass Cadover Lakes on the right, cross over Cadover Bridge and the car park is on the right
Cadover Bridge and Dewerstone Rock walking trail

Facilities and access

  • Ice cream van in Cadover Bridge car park at peak times