Hillbridge, near Elephant’s Nest Inn, Mary Tavy, Devon


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The Elephants Nest Inn is a cosy dog friendly pub so what nicer way to end your walk with a warm by the fire and a bowl of water for your dog.

On leaving the Elephants Nest Inn pub turn right heading towards Horndon. When you reach the hamlet turn right again at the red phone box, follow the road as it continues to bear right and narrows into a rough track as it heads downhill towards the River Tavy.

After following this track for about 400m a ‘leat’ passes underneath it, here take a left and climb the stile and follow a level track beside the leat where you will have views over the Tavy valley and White Tor. This path continues along the leat for about a 1.5 miles until the leat joins the river at Hillbridge.

Or if you wanted to return to the Elephants Nest via a different route you can climb the path to the left of the bridge and turn left onto the road, you will then see a large wooden gate with a house the other side, pass through here and follow the stoney track for about 20 mins until you get onto moorland. You can then follow the road back towards Horndon by bearing left. On the return you can enjoy views of Dartmoor and Brentor if it isn’t foggy!

About the Author: Helen Sampson has been training with Devon Dogs for 2 years, starting off as a Training Assistant and now teaches Lifeskills classes at Newhall.  Helen owned dogs her whole life starting off with Springer Spaniels. Her first Collie, Tia, had massive issues due to a bad start in life, but with Helen’s patient training, has learned to overcome them. Tia is now a very happy dog who is no longer afraid of the world. She also has another 4 year old Border Collie, Jake, whom she trains in Agility, and would like to compete with him in the near future. 

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