Cadover Bridge & Dewerstone Walk
Start & Finish: Cadover Bridge car park, Yelverton, PL7 5EH (Directions)
Starting at the popular and picturesque Cadover Bridge this challenging 3.4 mile walk, although at times strenuous, is well worth the effort when you take in the views from the top of the Dewerstone.
- From the car park,walk away from Cadover Bridge, with the river on your right. Go through a gate into a willow plantation; the path here is rocky and muddy in places. The river is beside you and there are some lovely picnic spots along the way. There’s a chance you may come across livestock – please take particular care if you’re walking with dogs.
- Two gates in quick succession lead to a footbridge into the oak woodland of North Wood. Follow the path with the large pipe set in the ground.
- Leave North Wood over a stile and follow the path onto West Down – the River Plym is far below on the right. Looking ahead to the other side of the valley, you will be able to see Dewerstone Crags. The path leads through mixed silver birch and oak and splits into a fork just after a ruined building. Take the right-hand fork slightly downhill to a small track and gate.
- Inside the wire fence, turn right and follow the footpath sign to Shaugh Bridge. Staying within the woods, the path twists downhill, with the river below you on the right. Follow the path over a stile – this part can be slippery at times. Pass the China Clay Works settling tanks on the right and continue until the path ends at a road.
- Turn right at the road and take the steps down into Shaugh Bridge car park. Turn right and walk through the car park towards the river.
- Using the wooden footbridge, cross the river into Goodameavy. Follow the path right. Now the start of a long uphill climb, the path turns into a rocky track which winds steeply above the river. Continue to follow this track straight ahead until you come to a sharp bend to the left. Go around the bend and then almost immediately, take a turning to the right. Follow this until you can see the top of the Dewerstone Crags through the trees on the right.
- The path now becomes a rocky scramble left and uphill, leaving the woods and emerging onto open moorland at Dewerstone Rock. The views are absolutely wonderful here.
- From the top of the rock, head in a north east direction and follow the broad grassy path along the ridge. Pass Oxen Tor and go over Wigford Down, with Cadworthy Wood and the Plym Valley on the right. Keep straight on to the boundary wall of the wood and follow the wall around the fields of Lower Cadworthy.
- Eventually, the wall veers to the right and you go downhill past Cadover Cross with views of the china clayworks beyond. Go towards the bridge, cross the road and you will be back where you started.
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