Cornwood area, China clay works

Amazing views over the China clay works, mica pits, and views across to Plymouth sound in one direction and moorland in the other.

Technical sheet
No. 4362113
A Cornwood walk posted on 24/11/20 by Maid marian. Update : 27/11/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h50[?]
Distance Distance : 3.31mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 394ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 394ft
Highest point Highest point : 732ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 427ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Dartmoor
Location Location : Cornwood
Starting point Starting point : N 50.427694° / W 3.979319°
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Description

(D/A) From Cornwood Drive to Piall Bridge, go over the bridge and there is a pull in on the bend.Walk straight up behind the car park area into the rhododendron bushes. Follow the track until you come to the open moorland.

(1) Look up to the left and there is a wood. Head towards it. You will get onto a bridle way which will take you passed a cottage on the right. Look across to the left the big house is Delamore house.

(2) Follow along the track until you come to a footpath sign near some sheds, going up a hill on the right. Look for a track taking you up the hill until you meet an obvious path running around the clay hill at the top. Turn around and look at the amazing views.

(3) Go right and follow this track until you arrive at the China clay entrance. Look for the footpath running immediately along beside the first pool you can see.

(4) Cross the little footbridge over the running water. Head up through the woods. You have to keep your eye out for the footpath signs on the right hand side. It’s boggy along through this area.

(5) When you can see some derelict buildings up to the right head for them. Footpath signs are there. Take right in between those buildings.

(6) Keep to the right of the field heading down into the woods. Then into the field which extremely boggy so keep to the higher ground until you get down to the bottom where you’ll find a gate across the river. This path will take you onto the main road. Go right, ignore the footpath signs on the left. Just ahead on the right hand side of the road is a bridle way taking you up the hill. When you come to a smallish junction in the path go left down the hill through the rhododendron bushes again and back to the car.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 427ft - Cornwood Drive
1 : mi 0.09 - alt. 492ft - Gib Park Wood
2 : mi 0.66 - alt. 515ft - Footpath sign
3 : mi 1.06 - alt. 702ft - China clay entrance
4 : mi 1.5 - alt. 591ft - Footbridge
5 : mi 2.02 - alt. 673ft - Derelict buildings
D/A : mi 3.31 - alt. 427ft - Cornwood Drive

Useful Information

Lots of good tracks but quite a few boggy patches and the stiles are NOT dog friendly, otherwise good for dogs. Some fields with animals to be expected.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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