Shaugh Bridge Waymarked Circular Walk
Start & Finish: National Trust car park, Shaugh Bridge, Plymouth, PL7 5HD
Why not head out towards Plymouth to follow the footpaths on the Shaugh Bridge waymarked circular walk. The walk leads through the woods and alongside the river, which is alive with birdsong and where you can see fascinating industrial ruins that speak of the valley’s busy past.
- 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. Please note, for the whole of this walk, there’s a chance you may come across livestock – please take particular care if you’re walking with dogs.
- 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.
- On reaching a fork in the track, keep left (do not go up the old tramway incline) and head towards Dewerstone Cottage.
- Just before the cottage (the old counting house for the quarrying company, smithy and stable), take the left hand path down to the River Meavy.
- Continue along this path back to the car park.