Wildlife and Walking

Dartmoor, at almost 1000 sq km is the largest and wildest area of open country in Southern England. A glorious wilderness with open moorland, granite tors, sparkling rivers, abundant wildlife and the renowned Dartmoor ponies. There are many spectacular walks, great pubs, and places to eat….There is so much to do it is difficult to know where to start but why not try horseriding, hiking, cycling, rock climbing, canoeing, abseiling, fishing, golfing, wildlife or birdwatching.

Fingle Woods - over 800 acres of woodland has recently been bought by the National Trust and Woodland Trust and can be explored by nearly 30 miles of newly created tracks and paths. Cycle along the river to the Fingle Bridge Inn for lunch.

Castle Drogo (National Trust) - famed as the last castle to be built in England. It sits above the magnificent Teign Gorge with dramatic views over the Teign Valley and Dartmoor and is only 5 miles away. There is an exciting programme of events, ranging from Easter egg hunts, den building and survival skills to fungal forays and wildlife walks. 1½ to 2 hour walk from the cottage along a stunning path by the River Teign.

Steps Bridge - a beautiful Devon Wildlife Trust Reserve is only a short walk from us and is famous for its spring daffodils and wonderful riverside walks. You can spot dippers, otters if you and lucky, and in the summer you can spot 6 species of fritillary butterfly. To get there turn right out of the drive, left at Clifford Cross (the crossroads), follow the road and you will see a gate with parking on your right (about 10 min walk). You can walk along the River Path to Steps Bridge, turn right along the road for 100 metres and then walk back along the other side of the river.

Clifford Barton – If you’re interested in wildlife there is much you can see without venturing out of the Clifford Barton ground. We have a family of badgers that can regularly be seen feeding on the track down to the lake. Fallow and roe deer are regular visitors at dawn and dusk. Hedgehogs are resident in the cottage gardens. Bats, swallows, swifts and house martins can all be seen feeding over the lake and flying around the