Soaring views across the valley as well as a wonderful woodland wander, this walk has many faces all of which are beautiful.
Another walk that has the National Trust to thank, but once again you don’t need to be a NT member to enjoy it. A walk to be enjoyed in all seasons, but it is in Autumn when the leaves reveal their marvellous multitude of colours that the walk is a real joy. There are number of starting points: 1. Castle Drogo car park where, on the descent to Fingle Bridge, you can enjoy the wall of trees and their changing colours across the valley, then a flat woodland walk followed by the ascent back to the castle where there are wonderful views as far as you can see, or 2. Start at Fingle Bridge itself and wander on a flat woodland loop following the river. If starting at Fingle Bridge a there and back walk is possible in a good all terrain buggy but not the loop.
Enjoy lunch or a drink at Fingle Bridge pub or Castle Drogo NT cafe.
Route map: Click on the link for great directions for starting at the National Trust Castle Drogo car park
If wanting to start at Fingle Bridge and enjoy the Fingle woods loop then download this Fingle Bridge map or join the National trust directions at number 4 but ensure that you do not ascend up to Castle Drogo – stick to the side of the river. It is pretty clear of the route.
Walk type: Woodland walk. From National Trust Castle Drogo involves a hill down to Fingle bridge and back up again. In parking at Fingle bridge it’s a flat (ish) walk following the river.
Length: Starting at National Trust Castle Drogo: 2 hours – 2 hours 30 mins. Starting at Fingle Bridge 1 hour to 1 hour 30 mins.
Distance: Starting at National Trust Castle Drogo: 3.5 miles (5.6 km)
Little ones’ transport mode: Babies and toddlers in slings or back packs in order to complete the whole walk. Our toddler enjoyed walking along part of the riverside walk. Older kids need to be good walkers.
Footwear: Decent footwear. Steep hill down from Castle Drogo
Dog friendly: Yes. They’ll love it.
Need to know
Dawn til Dusk.
How to get there
Starting at National Trust Castle Drogo: Drewsteignton, Exeter, Devon, EX6 6PB
Starting at Fingle Bridge: Drewsteignton, Exeter EX6 6PW
National Trust Castle Drogo car park: free for members
Fingle Bridge parking: parking on the road just before Fingle Bridge Inn. Free.
Loos & Baby Changing
Available in National Trust Castle Drogo generally open 10-4pm – check for specific days here.
Loos are available, if purchasing, at Fingle Bridge Inn. Opening times vary – see website here.
No. The loops are definitely a sling or back-pack job. We tried it! Insistent that our expensive all terrain buggy was ‘all terrain’, we (as naive parents of a new little one) parked at Castle Drogo and started our walk. It required both of us holding onto the buggy and manoeuvring it – we just about managed the decent but there was no way it was going back up! However, if you do want to take the buggy there is a simple ‘there and back’ buggy route when the path isn’t too wet and muddy on the far side of Fingle bridge – it does require an all terrain though.
Yes. Dog friendly walk with lots of woodland and water to enjoy.
Anything else to do?
Explore the expanse of Fingle Woods. Fingle Bridge map
Enjoy a drink at Fingle Bridge inn. Click here for their website.
Take the opportunity to look around Castle Drogo and the lovely gardens. Link to the NT Castle Drogo website here.