Hembury Woods

Hembury hillfort, Devon

On the fringe of Dartmoor

There's a network of paths through this woodland with an abundance of birdlife to see:

  • Down by the river, with the sight and sounds of the riffles of the River Dart. Along the riverbank there are old mine adits and workings - evidence of silver, lead and copper mining that once occurred.
  • Around Hembury Hill Fort at the top of the woods. Hembury Castle was built in two phases; an Iron Age hillfort, followed by the construction of a Norman motte (mound) and bailey (enclosure) castle. The name 'Hembury' means 'high castle' and is an apt description of this great earthwork.
  • Or, for a more strenuous walk, there are various paths linking the two which make some good circuits