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    Hembury Woods Walk

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    6.6 km
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    236 m
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    Hembury Woods Walk

    Walking the Hembury Woods Trail is a fantastic adventure in Dartmoor National Park that will lead you through a lovely stretch of forest along the River Dart. While out on the trail, you will traverse the serene woodland terrain along the water’s edge before climbing uphill around the Iron Age hillfort site of Hemsbury Castle. This is a great route if you appreciate beautiful natural settings and ancient history.

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    Route Description for Hembury Woods Walk

    The Hembury Woods Walk is a nice and easy adventure that can be enjoyed by walkers of all skill levels, including families with children, although those with pushcarts won’t fare nearly as well on the unsurfaced pathways. Be sure to wear good walking boots to better traverse the terrain in the area and prepare for wet/muddy conditions if you are walking in the winter or spring, particularly in the parts along the river.

    Setting out from the car park, you will make your way through the forest to the north, where you will meet up with the banks of the River Dart. From here, you will head to the northeast along the water’s edge, following the trail between the base of the hill and your left and the water on your right as you enjoy the peaceful riverside setting. Eventually, you will turn to the west and climb your way up the hillside, working around the site of Hemsbury Castle, an Iron Age hillfort overlooking the surrounding area. After a quick jaunt along the road, you will descend the hillside and follow the trail as it bends to the south and runs along Holy Brook on the return to the car park where you began your adventure.

    Getting to the Hembury Woods Walk Trailhead

    To reach the trailhead for the Hembury Woods Walk from Buckfast, drive west on Grange Road for 0.8 km and turn right, continuing on for 0.6 km to arrive at the car park.

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