(image credit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk)
Fingle Bridge sits in the base of the Teign Gorge. This is a circular 2 hour walk in delightful woodland for you and your dog.
Park up at the car park, next to the Fingle Bridge Inn. Cross the bridge, turning left through the kissing gate. After a couple of hundred metres cross the wooden bridge on your left on to the second path. This path runs parallel to the first one. If you don’t cross here you will have to plod through heavy mud and undergrowth. Follow this new path for another 1½ miles until you come to a modern bridge.
Cross the bridge to the north bank. Now you have a choice, if you want an easier walk turn right here and follow the path back to the car park. For those of you that want something more stimulating, continue on. Climb upwards past a picturesque cottage on your left. The path thins down into a track, and keep going for another ½ mile. You will reach a gate with a sign to Fingle Bridge. Go through the gate and you will find yourself on Hunter’s Path. This will lead to Hunter’s Tor and eventually to Castle Drogo.
Once you have seen enough of the Castle, retrace your steps back down to the river’s north bank. This will take you back along the river at a much higher level. There are beautiful views of the forest from this point. The path meanders and there are some steep bits including a rocky climb. On your right, as you head back away from the river, is Piddledown Common. Keep a look out for the old pumping station, which is well worth seeing.
Finally, the path will now lead you back to the car park, emerging just the right side of Fingle Bridge.
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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.