Exploring the Teign Gorge at Castle Drogo
With acres to explore there's plenty of opportunity to find your perfect walk around the Teign Gorge. Follow the Hunters path down to the river Teign, or wander around the top of the gorge to take in incredible views across Dartmoor. Look out for butterflies, Dartmoor ponies and other wildlife around the estate throughout the year.
Path closures will be in place along the riverside path for tree thinning works taking place from mid-late September, for two months. Please follow all signs and directions and we will reopen the route as soon as it is safe to do so. Walkers should use Fisherman’s path, Cyclists and Horse riders should use Lower Deer Stalkers path as diversions. Please note accessible routes are available downstream of Fingle Bridge.
Walking in the Teign Gorge
From Castle Drogo there are many winding paths leading down into the Teign Gorge. Why not explore the estate on a one-mile walk and take in a view of the deep gorge and wider Dartmoor views at Sharp Tor?
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous why not tackle the longer Teign Gorge circular walk, taking in the gorge paths and river valley down to Fingle Bridge. All walking routes can be found at the bottom of this page. Alternatively pick up a walks leaflet when you visit.
Wildlife on the estate
With summer just around the corner the Teign Gorge is bursting with life. Throughout the gorge you can spot and hear the songs of many woodland birds. Flyng over head you can spot buzzards and ravans. If you're exploring Piddledown Common look out for Dartmoor ponies. A small herd of them can be found on the common, carrying out important conservation work. Simply by grazing they're helping to maintain the perfect habitat for wildlife, such as the rare Pearl-bordered fritillary butterflies.
Over the river you can explore an ancient woodland abundant in wildlife and history. It is possible to see Fallow deer throughout the year in these woods, the best time of year is the Autumn when the deer are rutting.
There's an ever-changing display of wildflowers throughout the gorge, from carpets of ramsons and wood anemone, wild daffodils and bluebells and in the summer the sides of the gorge are dotted with heather.
Dogs are welcome throughout the Teign Gorge. We ask that you keep your dog on a lead when in the car park and in areas where we have livestock. We also ask that dogs are kept on leads in certain areas between March - July. This is because the Teign Gorge is home to ground nesting birds and butterflies, some of which are very rare. Please always respect other visitors and the wildlife of the Teign Gorge.
Read more about what you can do with your dog here.
Castle Drogo is a two pawprint rated place. You and your dog are welcome to take a gentle stroll around the grounds or head to the Teign Gorge for miles of dog friendly routes.
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