Fingle Bridge

A view down the valley between Fingle Bridge and Castle Drogo by xlibber (Valley) | CC BY 2.0 | via Wikimedia Commons

Walk from Fingle Bridge to Castle Drogo & Sharp Tor

This walk is an easy 3.8 miles in length starting from Fingle Bridge – a perfect chance to get back into the swing of things after the snow has melted and Spring is (finally) on the way!

The walk starts in a car park next to Fingle Bridge Inn on the North East section of Dartmoor, easily reachable from us here at Bowerland! From here head down the lane towards the narrow Fingle Bridge. You now have two options – either take the north bank for a prettier but slightly steeper path, or cross over and turn right to take the south bank. Either way, continue along the river for 1.5 miles until you reach a new bridge.

If you’re on the south bank, cross over the bridge. Continue uphill in a northward direction until you reach a cottage on your left. After this the path you’re on becomes a track – follow this for another half mile to reach a gate with a sign saying ‘Fingle Bridge’. Head through the gate onto the ‘Hunter’s Path’.

After a half mile or so on Hunter’s Path you’ll reach a junction. At this point you can optionally head left to reach Castle Drogo, where you’ll find refreshments (depending on the time of the year). If you do, come back to Hunter’s Path when you’re done, and continue uphill until you reach Sharp Tor. Stay and admire the amazing view for a while if you’d like.

When you’re ready to continue, continue along the uphill path before levelling out at Piddletown Common. Keep going and you’ll reach Drewston Woods, after which the path heads back downhill and the ground can get a bit uneven. Keep going and you’ll reach the lane where you started. Why not head to the pub for a well-earned drink or meal?

Chris Green

About the Author: Chris Green works in the office at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs, using his technical expertise to assist wherever needed. In his spare time he likes playing guitar and bass, and hiking around Dartmoor.

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