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Two Castles Trail - Stage 3 Eastbound - Lewdown to Bridestowe - 7 miles

Grade

Moderate

Type

Walk

Description

Two Castles Trail - Stage 3 Eastbound - Lewdown to Bridestowe - 7 miles This stage crosses Galford and Burley Down, both with fine views of Brentor, and Dartmoor. The stage begins and ends with road sections, with woodland tracks and field sections in between. Some tracks can be muddy after prolonged rain. There are regular climbs and descents on this stage, including a fairly long and steep climb to Galford. There are gates and stiles throughout this stage.

Walk Waypoints

  1. 1 Start the stage in the centre of Lewdown. Follow the pavement for around 800m to the cross roads at the school. Turn right here, and after 100m turn left over a stile into a field. Follow the left edge of the field, and at the bottom left corner of the field cross the stile onto the enclosed track (can be particularly muddy after wet weather).
  2. 2
    On meeting a road at the bottom, turn left along the minor road passing Lewtrenchard Church and Lewtrenchard Manor Hotel. Take the lane on your right towards Lew Mill, passing the 16th Century Dower House and medieval cross upright before crossing the River Lew. Continue along the road as it bears left, and leave the road on your right at Galford Farm. Here the Two Castles Trail follows a private path by kind permission of the landowners. Please make sure you stay on the waymarked route.
  3. 3
    Go into the yard and head for the gate in the far left corner. Go through two gates and climb the track ahead. Emerging onto Galford Down, keep on the track ahead for 200m and as the track bears right take a minor path to your left heading towards a gap in the hedge with a gate. Go through and continue straight ahead to another gate in the hedge over the brow of the hill.
  4. 4 Go through the next gate and take the faint path which bears to the left towards the trees, then after 200m turn left on another faint path to the gate in the hedge. Cross the stile and road beyond into the woods opposite and then turn right along the path until reaching the main entrance into the wood by the road. Turn left onto the wide track leading away from the road.
  5. 5
    Follow the track as it gradually climbs, and go through the gate at the end of the woods onto Burley Down, and follow the left edge of the Down. Keep next to the fence, and then follow a shallow cutting past an old barn to pass through a wooden gate. Follow the rough track downhill; at its end descend a few steps and follow a smoother track. Keep right at the next three junctions, following a track into the woodland (this track is often muddy for some time after rain).
  6. 6 The track eventually passes Burley Wood Cottage before arriving at a road. At the road turn left, then go straight ahead at the crossroads past Watergate to gradually climb for almost 1,600m.
  7. 7
    On reaching the T-junction turn left and follow the road for 800m as it descends into Bridestowe.
  8. 8
    The stage ends in the centre of Bridestowe.

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