Wednesday 16 May 2018 – Jim’s Castle Drogo Walk

Surprisingly there were only 5 walkers today – a surprise, because this circular walk in the Teign Valley from Castle Drogo is one of the best walks in England. Maybe some walkers were deterred by the mizzly weather, or the forthcoming Wales adventure. The five that did walk thoroughly enjoyed this classic Teign Gorge circuit led by Jim. The route is very straightforward. From the car park the path takes you  to the perfectly named Piddledown Common, and to  Sharp Tor, a viewpoint  where we  gasped at the incredible beauty of this valley. This tor is one of four so named on Dartmoor, no doubt due to the fact that it juts out sharply from the deep valley side. We followed the Hunter’s Path along the top of the valley and down to Fingle Bridge, the old 17th Century packhorse bridge. After coffee here we stayed on the same side of the river and followed the fisherman’s path, admiring the hydroelectric plant , and a very cooperative dipper,  stopping for lunch opposite Drogo Weir, where another dipper was happy to entertain us. We followed the Two Moors Way, and rejoined the Hunter’s Path again for the return to the Castle. Here the walkers were joined by another rambler, temporarily out of action due to the need for some necessary repairs. She enjoyed a very nice day exploring the immediate grounds and the interior of the house, which was once owned by the Home and Colonial Stores magnate, Julius Drewe. .And then… the Famous Five, plus one, had tea in the splendid modern tea rooms, before going to their own modest home and colonial castles. Many thanks Jim for a lovely walk of almost five miles, a perfect little aperitif, before the club weekend away in the Gower.