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New Bridge Walks

exploring a dramatic landscape
1 hour walks
Select Your WalkWalk 1 (1.9 miles) Walk 2 (2.9 miles)Walk 3 (2.1 miles)Walk 4 (6.4 miles)
 New Bridge Paddle Holne Pub & Tearoom Leigh Tor Ponsworthy & Aish Tor

New Bridge originally designed for pack-horses, is known for it's idyllic setting and offers the walker many a relaxing walk up or down stream.

All walks from New Bridge follow wooded paths along the romantic river Dart.

The scenery is both breathtaking and magical !

Point of InterestRiver Dart
PubsThe Church House Inn at Holne (see walk 2)
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  • Take B3352 from A38 South of Ashburton then continue inland for 7 miles towards Two Bridges
  • SATNAV Postcode:TQ13 7NT
parking Please note :Car Park can be full during the weekend!

Walk 1 Around New Bridge (1.9 miles)


New Bridge's long ford

An ideal walk for a picnic or a paddle in the river.

From the Car Park take footpath signed 'Deeper Marsh (Spitchwick) on right side of bridge.

Caution:steps are quite steep and surface near bridge uneven.

Pass under the bridge and follow a delightful footpath along the river through wooded areas and meadows.

When you have reached a lane return the way you came.

River Dart

Walk 2 New Bridge to Holne & Wellsfoot Island (2.9 miles)


Path to Holne

A lovely pub walk following public footpaths and quiet lanes.

A From the main Car Park cross the bridge and turn right in to a footpath behind a small car park.

This stretch along the river is less popular but quite delightful and very peaceful.

B After 1/3 of a mile the path forks . Take the LEFT fork and climb steadily towards Holne.

Continue for half a mile following the Dartmoor Way & Two Moors Way until you reach a country lane.

C Turn left then soon take the next right.

Continue into Holne with  Point of Interest pub ahead on your right. The Church House Inn is a friendly pub, now under new management, serving lunches and evening meals - it is highly recommended (July 2019) .

During the weekend the  Point of Interest  Holne Community Shop & Tearoom is open at specific times.

Return they way you came and when you reach B turn left and follow the path along the river walking through a most beautiful woodland.

D At Wellsfoot Island the path climbs up again. Return the way you came, to the car park.

River Dart

Pub or Tearoom Walk 2


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Walk 3 New Bridge & Leigh Tor (2.1 miles)


A great walk to Leigh Tor following mainly public footpaths.

The Walk

A Start as in walk 1 but when the river path meets the road , cross over.

B Continue on a footpath climbing steadily to Leigh Tor.

C Continue west to a car park then cross a lane and follow a footpath for about 100 m.

D Where it joins a country lane either turn left or cross over onto a grass path and turn left at the next junction then rejoin lane.

Follow quiet lane back to the main car park.

Walk 4 New Bridge to Ponsworthy (6.4 miles)


A strenuous but most rewarding walk to Ponsworthy via Spitchwick Manor & Doctor Blackall's Drive.

It returns via Ash Tor following the Dartmoor Way and part of the Doctor Blackall's Drive.

Doctor T Blackall of Exeter when he resided at Spitchwick Manor had a track built near Aish Tor so his invalid wife could be driven in a pony and trap across the moors and enjoy the spectacular views and dramatic scenery.

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Walk 4