Circular Walk from Cornwood via Quarry lake and East Rook Gate

Varied walk including ancient forest, a Quarry lake and open moorland. Fabulous views across to Plymouth Sound.

Technical sheet
No. 3121056
A Devon walk posted on 03/04/20 by John Oven. Update : 16/04/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h55[?]
Distance Distance : 5.03mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 738ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 748ft
Highest point Highest point : 1060ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 387ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Dartmoor
Location Location : Devon
Starting point Starting point : N 50.420809° / W 3.964431°
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Starting from Cornwood Square. At crossroads, take north-westerly road towards Lee Moor.

(1) At end of single lane section, take the second entrance on right into the woodland. Turn almost immediately left onto a path running parallel to the road. Follow this path for approx. 300m until it opens out with road on left.
Cross the road onto open common at Heathfield Down. Cross common diagonally to gate in NW corner.

(2) Go through the gate and continue in the same direction by taking the path on left through Sheraleers Wood to a gate in approx. 400m.
Go through the gate and turn left. Then, almost immediately, sharp right following the path through Newpark Wood. If in doubt keep to left. After approx. 400m, go through the gate at Quick Bridge and turn right on the bridleway.

(3) Follow this lane uphill for approx. 800m through a felled conifer plantation. At top of the lane, with farm entrance on your right, turn left and almost immediately right to follow bridleway sign.

(4) Continue uphill on this track passing china clay quarry lake on your left. Continue to climb uphill until you reach open moorland. About 100m after the second of two Bridleway signposts, the path begins to level out and bends to the right. Ahead of you is a lone small tree at the end of a wall and some way to the left of a line of larger trees.

(5) Leave the footpath and follow the sheep trails across the open moor to a small tree.
Pass to the left of the tree, crossing a slightly boggy area, then bear off left at an angle of about 30 degrees to the wall on your right until you are about 100m from the wall. Follow the wall at this distance for about 350m, skirting a very boggy area which you'll leave to your right. You'll see Plymouth Sound in the distance behind you to the right and Cornwood Village nestled in the distant valley ahead of you and to the right. Aim for the end of the wall where it turns 90 degrees to the right.

(6) As you pass the corner of the wall, follow the sheep trail downhill with the wall on your right. When you again see Cornwood in the distance, follow the trail towards it. The trail develops into a clearly defined footpath through a group of small trees and shrubs. This path continues, reaching a wall which you keep on your right. Follow the path to West Rook Gate. The path is blocked by old metal gates just before the exit to the gate - take the detour to the left of the gates before rejoining the path.

(7) At this point, you can shorten the route by taking the West Rook Gate exit from the Moor and following the road back to Heathfield Down.
Continue on the path past the exit for West Rook Gate for approx 300m to the exit for East Rook Gate at the end of this section of wall.

(8) Turn right off the moor and follow the rocky path to East Rook gate. Go through the gate and, when the path widens into a tarmacked road, follow that road downhill for about 1km (keeping to the right if in doubt) to a t-junction. Turn right at the junction and walk approx 300m back to Cornwood Square.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 420ft - Cornwood Square
1 : mi 0.17 - alt. 390ft - Entrance of the woodland
2 : mi 0.48 - alt. 469ft - Sheraleers Wood
3 : mi 1.14 - alt. 459ft - Bridleway
4 : mi 1.86 - alt. 702ft
5 : mi 2.26 - alt. 948ft - Sheep trails
6 : mi 3.05 - alt. 971ft - Corner of the wall
7 : mi 3.47 - alt. 814ft - Gate
8 : mi 3.66 - alt. 853ft
D/A : mi 5.03 - alt. 417ft - Cornwood Square

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