Explore the Teign Gorge

Winding paths through the valley

With acres to explore there's plenty of opportunity to find your perfect walk in the Teign Gorge. Follow the Hunters path to the river or wander the top of the gorge to take in incredible views across Dartmoor.

Walking on the estate

The Teign Gorge is well provided with public footpaths and bridleways, visitors can enjoy exploring the varied landscapes and habitats through our selection of mapped out routes. Here are two of our favourite routes:

 

Wildlife

The Teign Gorge is home to a wide variety of wildlife. If you’re lucky you might be able to spot:

On the heathland - Stonechats, meadow pipits, buzzards, skylarks and of course our small herd of Dartmoor ponies. The ponies assist us with conservation grazing, maintaining habitats for our butterflies. There are around 23 types of butterflies that call the Teign gorge home including the rare pearl-bordered fritillary, found on Piddledown Common in early summer.

Dartmoor ponies at Castle Drogo
Small brown pony and grey pony looking at the camera
Dartmoor ponies at Castle Drogo

In the woods - roe and fallow deer can be sighted year-round but the best time is autumn. During the rutting season you can hear them bellowing across the gorge. The woodland in the Teign Gorge is the perfect habitat for many bird species including all three British woodpeckers, green, great spotted and lesser spotted. The woodland is also home to many mosses and lichens, a clear indicator of clean air!

Spring in the deer park at Castle Drogo
Small group of young fallow deer hiding amongst the bluebells
Spring in the deer park at Castle Drogo

Along the river - dippers, otters, salmon, and kingfishers all call the river Teign home. Dippers are common to spot along the river, but you’ll have to keep close watch as they are expertly camouflaged and move quickly across the rocks. Around November the river becomes the setting for one of nature’s great journeys as salmon return from the sea to spawn.