Fingle Woods

Fingle Bridge seen from the Fisherman's Path in May at Castle Drogo, Devon.

In partnership with the Woodland Trust, we have secured the future of Fingle Woods and the thousands of plants and animals that call this place home.

Fingle Woods is an 825 acre ancient woodland site located in the Teign Valley on the northern fringes of Dartmoor National Park in Devon. It is located downstream of Fingle Bridge on the southern side of the river. In 2013 the site was bought by the National Trust and Woodland Trust to restore it for the benefit of wildlife and public access. To get here follow the road signs from Drewsteignton marked Fingle Bridge, parking is located over the narrow packhorse bridge.

Wooston castle hill fort

Located at the top of the woods this Iron Age hill fort has spectacular views over Fingle Woods. To get here you can park your car at Castle Drogo and wander down to Fingle Bridge, from there follow the white sign posts to the hill fort.

Fingle woods map (PDF / 0.7MB) download

What next for Fingle?

The plan is now to restore the ancient woodland which has been damaged by the planting of non-native conifers, gradually returning the wood to its former glory. This will take over 200 years and is one of the largest woodland restoration projects in the country.


Only 2 per cent of woodland in the UK is ancient woodland, and this is why restoring woodland like Fingle is so important to protect the long term future of the species that thrive here.

For ever, for everyone

In the past many parts of Fingle Woods has had no public access, over the past 2 years the National Trust and Woodland Trust have put in many miles of footpaths and better way marking.


The unspoilt fragments of the woods are home to an abundance of wildlife. The wild daffodils in early spring give way to bluebells in early summer to create a continuous carpet of colour across the dappled woodland, reflecting the distinct character of this part of the area. Redstarts and wood warblers can be seen along the woodland edges while pied flycatchers, typically found on the western coast, hunt for insects in the mature undergrowth, and wetland species thrive in the fertile grounds bordering the River Teign.

To keep up to date with the latest news and events in the woods please visit the blog.