River Taw walk

River Taw walk

This part of Devon is criss-crossed with walks of all type, moorland walks, river walks, historic walks, it’s all there on the northern edge of Dartmoor and around Okehampton.

This river Taw walk is an extremely pretty and peaceful one, taking you from Finch Foundry’s car park, down across a wooden footbridge over the river Taw, and upstream for a while, before cutting up onto the moor. You can then either nip up further onto the moor and continue your walk to the east and return via the road or take the westward route, down the side of the valley, back down to the riverside and then return along the valley floor. If taking the latter route, it’s woody and shady, so in hot weather will allow you to escape the full blast of the sun if it happens to be out at the time of your visit. And of course, don’t miss popping in to Finch Foundry, a magnificent piece of social and engineering history that’s worthy of several hours investigation alone.

River Taw walk map

River Taw walk map

As always, I advise an OS map to prevent you taking the wrong route and some drinks can be handy, as refreshment is available only at the start or end of this circular walk. Don’t forget your NT cards also for getting into Finch Foundry. Editor

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Nigel Jones

Nigel has been publishing magazines since 1995 (some 20+ years now). Passionate about our countryside and heritage, the magazines reflect this interest. Nigel's the Editor of the DEVONSHIRE magazine which he established in 2009 and founder of the innovative HUBCAST event promotion platform which launched in 2011