Part of the fun of short walks in Devon is seeing how much scenery and history you can encounter without needing to hike for miles and miles. There’s a short walk from the Fingle Bridge car park on Dartmoor that’s just under four miles long, and it has it all. You’ll have the feeling of discovering a new side of Dartmoor as the Teign Valley is one of its most unspoilt areas, and you’ll find yourself flanked by wooded valley on one side and a rugged high moor on the other.
You’ll be able to choose which side of the river to walk along, and the side of the car park is the prettier one for views but does include some quite steep slopes. There’s also the opportunity to veer off to the left during this walk (from the junction on Hunter’s Path) and see Castle Drogo. If you continue on the path you’ll reach Sharp Tor. This is a great spot for views of Teign Gorge and Castle Drogo, so although there’s a bit of a climb it’s worth the effort if you can do it.
Leaving Sharp Tor, head towards Piddledown common until you reach the edge of Drewston woods. Follow the path down the hill and you’ll pick of the narrow land that leads back to the car park. Fingle Bridge Inn is always a welcome sight after this walk, so you can look forward to a little refreshment at the end.