Things to see and do at Shaugh Bridge

View from Shaugh Bridge, Devon

Discover ancient oak-wooded valleys on the south west corner of Dartmoor. Walk along the River Meavy or explore the upper Plym Valley with its dramatic Dewerstone Rock and industrial ruins.

Head out for a walk 

Take in views of rocky crags, ancient woodland and fast flowing rivers on a walk from Shaugh Bridge, the meeting point of the Rivers Plym and Meavy. Rising up from the River Plym you'll see the 160m high outcrop of granite , known as the Dewerstone. This rock face is well used by climbers with over 100 routes, and a good variety of grades to suit different climbing abilities. 

View of Dewerstone from West Down, Devon
View of Dewerstone from West Down, Devon
View of Dewerstone from West Down, Devon

Explore an historic landscape 

This landscape of woodland and granite crags has been shaped by many hundreds of years of activity. Spot the remains of a 19th century iron mine, quarry tramway and brick kiln as well as evidence of charcoal burning. There are also enclosures, the stone ramparts of a prehistoric fort and hut circles spread across the open moorland.  

West Down, Devon
West Down, Devon
West Down, Devon

Delve into a temperate rainforest 

The area around Shaugh Bridge is nationally important for plants and wildlife. The ancient oak woodland is part of the UKs rare temperate rainforest habitat. The high humidity and low temperature range create the perfect conditions for moisture-loving lichens, mosses and liverworts. 

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher

Birds to look out for include pied flycatchers and wood warblers. These summer visitors return each spring to breed, and the insect-rich woods make a great place to raise their young.