Join us on a guided walk and spend two and a half hours travelling back in time through Fingle Woods’ fascinating history. There will be activities and demonstrations along the 2.5 mile route.

  • Learn about our current work to restore the ancient woodland, including using heavy horses and a mobile sawmill.
  • Discover how the charcoal industry was revived in the Second World War and transported around the woods via zip wire!
  • Immerse yourself in the wildlife that is found in Fingle Woods, with CCTV footage providing rare insights.
  • Explore the ruins of the Fingle Mill and learn more about its uses and owners.
  • Travel in a tractor and trailer back up to Wooston Castle, an Iron Age hillfort, where a local historian will take you on a tour of the ramparts.
Don't forget

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please dress appropriately for the weather and walking in the woods.

Long trousers and enclosed shoes are advised as ticks and wood ants can be found in this wood. Please bring a hat and sun-cream or rainwear as necessary.

When and where

  • Date: Saturday 24 July, 10am-4pm.
  • Price: Free, but donations to support the management of our woodlands are welcome.
  • Location: Fingle Woods is a stunning ancient woodland site located in the Teign Valley on the northern fringes of Dartmoor National Park in Devon. At Fingle, the National Trust and the Woodland Trust are working together for woods, wildlife and people.
  • Dogs: Dogs are not allowed at this event. 
  • Access: The event will take the form of a guided walk, lasting two and a half hours and covering approximately 2.5 miles (4km). The route will go from the top of the valley to the bottom, so will involve some quite steep downhill sections. A tractor and trailer will be available to transport people back uphill, although there will be one short, quite steep, uphill climb. The walk will stop frequently so there will be plenty of opportunities for rest. The wide paths are a mix of hard gravel surfaces and more uneven earth paths. These can become muddy and slippery when wet, so please wear appropriate footwear.
  • Parking: Full details, including directions, will be sent to you once you have booked your place.

How to book

Booking is essential. For more information on how to book, visit the Fingle Woods blog.

A Woodland Trust Wood

Fingle Woods

Nr Dunsford Devon

265.24 ha (655.41 acres)

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