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Two Castles Trail - Stage 2 Westbound - Bridestowe to Lewdown

Grade

Moderate

Type

Walk

Description

Two Castles Trail - Stage 2 Westbound - Bridestowe to Lewdown - 7 miles This stage crosses the scenic Burley and Galford Downs, both of which have views of Dartmoor, Brentor and the surrounding countryside. The stage involves following some road sections, and uneven woodland tracks and paths through fields, some of which can be muddy after prolonged rain. There are regular climbs and descents on this stage, including a steep uneven descent from Galford Down. There are gates and stiles throughout this stage.

Walk Waypoints

  1. 1
    From the center of Bridestowe, follow Station Road in a southerly direction as it climbs out of Bridestowe for approximately 800m.
  2. 2 Turn down a minor lane on your right (signed towards Coryton), and follow as it eventually descends steeply to Watergate.
  3. 3 Continue straight ahead at the crossroads and take the track on the right just after the bridge. Follow the track stragiht ahead after passing Burley Wood Cottage. After approximately 800m bear left at a T-junction of tracks.
  4. 4 Shortly after keep left at the next junction, and climb the hill. After climbing for approximately 400m the track bears right to private residences. At this point take the steps to the left of the track signed as a public footpath. Continue to climb this footpath as it becomes a rougher path and reaches a gate as it leaves the woodland.
  5. 5
    Go through the gate and follow the obvious track which bears to the right, and then continue to keep to the right edge of Burley Down. Upon reaching a gate pass through onto a track leading into the woods. Follow this track for around 1,000m to a road at the end.
  6. 6
    Just before the road turn right along a grassy path. Fork left after 30m, and continue along the path for almost 200m. Turn left and cross the road and climb the stile opposite. This next section follows a private path, by kind permission of the landowners. Please make sure you keep to the waymarked route. Go straight ahead into the field for about 100m, then turn right on a faint grassy path aiming for a gap in the hedge with a gate. Follow the path through and bear diagonally to your left across the next field to another gate. Go through the gate and join the track ahead as it descents steeply between two hedgelines.
  7. 7
    At the bottom go through two gates, and ahead along the edge of the yard to the road. Turn left along the road, bearing right at the first fork and crossing the River Lew. After passing the 16th Century Dower House and medieval cross upright, at the next T-junction turn left, and continue past the Lewtrenchard Manor Hotel and Lewtrenchard Church.
  8. 8 Just before the next road junction, take the footpath on the right, and bear right uphill at the first gate. Cross the stile at the top, and continue ahead, keeping the hedge on your right and cross the stile in the top corner of the field. Continue ahead up the road to the crossroads.
  9. 9 Carefully cross the main road, and turn left along the pavement and follow for around 800m to finish the stage in Lewdown.

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