Bricks, boulders and bronze walking trail

Walking trail

Discover a range of archaeological artefacts dating as far back as the Bronze Age. A walk through woodlands and over moorland which is home to an array of wildlife and offers views of Dartmoor and South Devon.

Remains of a tunnel brick kiln, Dewerstone Woods, Devon


Map route Bricks, boulders and bronze walk at Dewerstone


National Trust car park, Shaugh Bridge, near Shaugh Prior, grid ref SX533637


Starting in the car park outside what was once a china clay kiln, take the path starting at the notice board and head over the footbridge across the River Plym. You will find the remains of the Ferro ceramic mine and brickworks directly in front of you. There's a chance you may come across livestock - please take particular care if you're walking with dogs.

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To continue, follow the granite boulder pathway heading eastwards uphill. Stay on this pathway as it curves sharply round to the left and advances uphill another 33yd (30m), before levelling out to form what was the granite quarry tramway. Follow this former tramway track round the hill, passing a couple of granite quarries on your right.

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On reaching a fork in the track, bear right and head up the old tramway incline. At the top you will be facing the cable house.

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From the cable house, head south along the higher tramway track, passing more granite quarries on your left. On reaching the end of the tramway, follow the path up the hill and round to your left, passing over a stone wall before reaching the summit of Dewerstone Hill.


From the summit, head north-east towards the corner of the stone walled boundary of the Cadworthy Farm enclosures, keeping the woodland edge and stone wall in sight on your right. Continue to follow the wall to a lonely, windswept oak tree embedded in the wall.


The Bronze Age cist is located approximately 16yd (15m) north from this tree. To continue, head west across Wigford Down until you reach a set of farm enclosures. Follow the stone wall all the way to the road at Urgles Stone Cross.

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Bear left and follow the road down to the bottom of the hill.


Before the bridge over the River Meavy, bear left and over a stile onto a track towards Dewerstone Cottage. You will automatically join the incomplete granite quarry tramway and pass through a long cutting, followed by a wooden gate.


Immediately after the cottage (the old counting house for the quarrying company), take the right hand path down to the River Meavy. Continue along this path back to the car park.


National Trust car park, Shaugh Bridge, near Shaugh Prior, grid ref SX533637

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Bricks, boulders and bronze walking trail


Mixed terrain with some steep inclines, uneven surfaces and muddy/boggy areas especially on open moorland. Sturdy footwear and a compass are highly recommended. Well-behaved dogs are welcome.
Bricks, boulders and bronze walking trail

Contact us

Telephone: 01752 341377



Bricks, boulders and bronze walking trail

How to get here

Shaugh Prior car park, Plymouth, PL7 5HD
By train

Plymouth 6 miles (9.7km)

By road

From the A38, exit at Manadon Junction and take the A386 towards Tavistock. At Bickleigh Cross (immediately after the Bellever roundabout), turn right onto New Road and then take the third left onto Hele Lane. At the end of the lane, turn left towards Shaugh Prior. The car park is on the left immediately after a bridge over the River Plym.

By bus

Plymouth City Bus Route 59 stops outside the car park at Shaugh Bridge. Buses run seven times a day, Monday to Saturday, between Plymouth, Plympton, Sparkwell, Bickleigh and Plymouth's George P&R.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 27 from Plymouth. Leave the route at Shaugh Station platform (SX527 636) and follow the road north to Shaugh Bridge.

Bricks, boulders and bronze walking trail

Facilities and access

  • National Trust car park - no charges
  • The White Thorn Pub in nearby Shaugh Prior offers food and local ales