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Walking trail

This is a spectacular walk on Piddledown Common that overlooks the dramatic Teign Gorge. Take in some incredible views over Dartmoor whilst walking amongst gorse, oak trees and wild flowers.

View across from the castle roof over to Dartmoor


Map route for Castle Drogo gorge-ous views walk


Castle Drogo car park, grid ref: SX721900


From Castle Drogo's main car park, follow the signs for Teign Valley walks.

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Turn right and keep following signs for Teign Valley walks. Walk down through the trees and at the end turn left over the open common. Follow the tramper waymarking.

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Continue over the common through a gate and along a path with tall gorse either side, known as Gorse Blossom Walk.

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At Dolly's seat turn right and go down a short, steep slope. Continue down some steps onto Hunters Path and then turn right, following Hunters Path back towards Castle Drogo.


Stop and admire the view from the crags of Sharp tor, looking out over Chagford towards Dartmoor. Continue round the hill following Hunters path and take the flight of steps signposted Castle Drogo (don't take the steps directly opposite you at Sharp Tor). (There are no handrails on the steps).


At the top of the steps, go through a small gate and bear left up another flight of steps. (There is no handrail). There is a bench at the top for a quick rest if needed. Continue ahead until you arrive at the castle drive. Turn left and walk up the drive back to the car park.


We hope that you really enjoyed this one-mile walk. The National Trust looks after some of the most spectacular areas of countryside for the enjoyment of all. We need your support to help us continue our work to cherish the countryside and provide access to our beautiful and refreshing landscapes. To find out more about how you to can help our work as a volunteer, member or donor please go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk


Castle Drogo car park, grid ref: SX721900

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You can take your dog on this walk, the paths are mostly dry and stony, but can be muddy in places. The route has two steep flights of steps (one down and one up with no handrail), these run along the top of a very steep hill over rocky crags.

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Contact us

Telephone: 01647 433306
Email: castledrogo@nationaltrust.org.uk
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How to get here

Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, near Exeter, Devon EX6 6PB
By train

Yeoford Station, 8 miles (12.8km).

By road

From A30, exit at Whiddon Down and follow brown signs for Castle Drogo. From A38, exit at Bovey Tracy, take A382 north towards Moretonhampstead and Whiddon Down, follow brown signs for Castle Drogo.

By bus

Dartline Service 173, Exeter to Moretonhampstead (passing Exeter Central), Monday to Saturday.

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Facilities and access

  • Car park, café, toilets and other facilities at Castle Drogo