Our latest autumnal day out was a visit to the National Trust owned, Castle Drogo, on Dartmoor. It’s around a 40-mile drive from the Beach Haven.

Castle Drogo is not actually a castle; it was built as a family home built between 1911 and 1930, however, it was built as if it were a castle with huge granite walls and it sits high on a ridge overlooking the Teign Gorge. It is coming to the end of a massive 7-year conservation project to make it watertight as it always had leaking roofs and windows. Next spring it should be open again in all its glory.

Castle Drogo is also a good starting point for a stunning 4-mile circular walk down to Fingle Bridge along the ridge, and back via the riverside path.

The Fingle Bridge Inn is a beautiful spot to sit and have a spot of lunch too!

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