Also known as Bedford Bridge, Magpie Bridge crosses the River Walkham, which is a family-friendly swimming spot. We normally start with a short walk downstream along the small path beside the fast flowing and very attractive river. It takes around 1.5 hrs – a moderate to easy walk.
There are a couple of spots along the river where dogs can swim out into the wider areas to retrieve sticks. You can also go up the steep rough track from the car park, then bear right and follow the track down to the river.
If you cross over the bridge and turn right, you can follow a number of paths and tracks back along, keeping the river on your right hand side. Near the car park, there is a large flat area for picnics or games and sometimes even a barbecue. Alternatively, you can walk in a loop up around the railway viaduct and then down to the river and back up. There are variety of choices on this walk.
Directions: Coming from Okehampton, take the Tavistock road (A386) and turn right at Grenofen, opposite the Half Way House pub. Take the first left, go over the cattle grid and park up.
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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.