A dog friendly walk from DogPeople

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Tavistock local – Whitchurch Down (2 easy)

We walked from the town but alternative starting points are the long or short stay car park (Abbey Car Park, grid reference SX 501 744) on Whitchurch Road (south side of river where the A386 goes off a roundabout to Plymouth.  

Go uphill on Whitchurch Road away from the roundabout and past the short stay car park (on your left hand side – LHS).  TURN LEFT into Deer Park Lane (marked as a no through road for traffic).  KEEP AHEAD past St Johns then keep ahead on a track barred to traffic as the road bears left.  Continue uphill until the track reaches another road then TURN LEFT using the pavement on the LHS of the road. Keep ahead over Down Park Drive then CROSS the road as it bends left and KEEP AHEAD on a wide metalled path (note bench to the memory of Edward W Chilcott).  Follow the path uphill, then through a gate to reach the Down.

KEEP MORE-OR-LESS AHEAD on a path through the gorse (there are paths left and right closer to a wall.  Climb a little and pass a pair of marker stones soon after you reach the gorse.  Keep ahead – you will see the cricket ground on your right hand side (RHS), and a stone building away to your left.  Follow the path towards a clump of trees, passing to their left when you reach them (also a wall through the trees on your RHS).

KEEP AHEAD downhill when the wall on your right turns right – aim towards a metalled road and a pair on benches just before it.

Just before the road, and before you get to the bench without a back, TURN HARD LEFT back uphill – you can cut across before getting to be bottom of the hill to save losing height.  Follow a clear track back uphill passing a bench on your LHS as you go.  The square stone building seen earlier is now ahead on top of a bank (a reservoir).  Keep to the right of the building, another bench and an animal drinking trough then bear right across the edge of a golf course to reach a metalled road – aiming just to the RHS of a wooden post fence and gate (SX 4909 7362).

TURN LEFT on the quiet residential road, after a short distance pass a 'riding on verges prohibited' sign.  TURN LEFT at junction with more major road (this also comes from the Down from the right).  Pass through gate on the RHS of a cattle grid and keep to the footpath on that side. Keep ahead downhill and follow the road through a right hand bend (on the left is the path used earlier), cross over Down Park Drive then, after another 100 – 200 metres, TURN RIGHT onto the track used earlier (through a couple of bollards).  Retrace your route to your start point.  

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